Our previous Costa Rica project began in 2009 and ended 6 years later with a monitoring trip in January of 2016. We worked in a community called San Juan de San Isidro de Penas Blancas that had about 250 people (60-70 families) in the immediate area and affected about 1400 people in the surrounding areas. The NGO that we partnered with was Education Committee and Board of San Juan. Here’s a timeline of our project!


2009-2010 – Computer center with wastewater system

2010-2012 – Water distribution system

2012-2014 – Water storage tanks

2016 – Close out


Project Break-down:

January 19-22, 2009 – Exploratory Trip

August 14-18, 2009 – Assessment Trip

Accomplishments: surveyed data, water quality, water pressures, percolations, simple site surveying, health assessment surveying, and facilitated community discussions



January 9-16, 2010 – Implementation Trip, Phase 1

Accomplishments: constructed foundation and collected data for the remainder of the construction


August 1-25, 2010 – Implementation

Accomplishments: constructed wastewater system, built concrete block building, set up wiring and networking


January 9-15, 2011 – Assessment Trip

Accomplishments: collected data for water project

January 3-15, 2012 – Implementation Trip

Accomplishments: installed 950 meters of 63 mm PVC, refurbished a pressure break tank

August 19-23, 2012 – Monitoring and Assessment Trip

Accomplishments: located places for water storage tanks, collected data from springs, obtained quotes for building supplies and equipment, structural and function evaluations of the computer center, check pipeline for breaks and leaks


August 5-14, 2013 – Implementation Trip

Accomplishments: poured foundation and built three water storage tanks

January 2014 – Monitoring and Assessment Trip

Accomplishments: evaluated if installed tanks solved problems, located new problems, surveyed for possible new tank sites

January 2016 – Monitoring and Closeout Trip