Cerro Verde, Ecuador | Rural Village Water Supply



The Cerro Verde community has about 45 families and a population of approximately 225 people. The community’s main economic activity is farming corn in the rainy season. Some in the community travel into nearby Rocafuerte City to work in construction. Subsistence farming and raising small livestock are also common.

Currently the community does not have a nearby water source. There is a cistern centrally located in the community. Water to fill the cistern is purchase and delivered to the community. The EWB-USA Atlanta Professional Chapter will work with the community and EIA to engineer a solution that will help to provide a sustainable and safe supply of water to the community.

What We Have Done

The EWB Atlanta team traveled to Ecuador between April 6, 2018 and April 16, 2018 to assess the water supply in the community of Cerro Verde. The EWB team partnered with the NGO, Engineers in Action(EIA) including a project manager and a translator who accompanied us on this trip.

The primary focus of the trip was to collect the data to better understand the community’s water supply challenges and to initiate a partnership with the community and the local municipality. As part of the assessment the team collected the following data.

  • Topographic survey data
  • GPS data
  • Water sample testing
  • Community survey data regarding household water supply and quality
  • Supply and cost of local materials and services to implement potential solutions
  • Contact information for key individuals in the community and the municipality

Next Steps

Short Term

  • Install biosand filters in each of the houses
  • Work with the community to institute a water board in the community to help manage the availability and quality of the water being used in the community. The water board would be a point of contact to EWB, the local NGO, and the municipality to implement future water improvement initiatives.

Long Term

  • Install water pipeline from Cerro Verde to connect to the proposed water pipeline that the city of Rocafuerte is planning to install along Highway 38


2 thoughts on “Ecuador – Cerro Verde

  • September 20, 2017 at 10:31 am


    Just wanted to know when your next Cerro Verde meeting. I can’t attend the chapter meeting as i work in Marietta, unless you have a call in. Please let me know..


    • September 21, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      We have a program meeting every 2 weeks. There is a conference line that I can provide. If you are interested I can send the conference line information. The project is starting to kick off but we are always looking for people to help.



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