What We Do
The volunteers at Water Engineers for the Americas seek to apply their expertise and resources to help alleviate the problem of unsafe water supplies and inadequate sanitation facilities in countries in Latin America, by promoting community-based, self-help projects.
WEFTA engineers seek to help rural and indigenous communities in need of a safely managed drinking water source; one located on site, available when needed, and free from contamination. Volunteers also seek to provide improved sanitation, a facility that safely separates human waste from human contact.
Additionally, WEFTA volunteers provide technical and administrative support after a project’s completion; continued maintenance and operation of a system is as important as the project itself. By developing sustainable solutions to safe drinking water and improved sanitation facilities, WEFTA engineers hope to improve the quality of life and health of those living in rural Latin America by reducing waterborne diseases, instituting hygienic practices, and protecting the surrounding environment.
Every time we send a crew on a trip to either help or assess a community, we ask our volunteers to write a trip report that details the trip through their eyes. These documents will give you both a look into what it is like being a volunteer and a first-hand perspective on our efforts to help communities.
Water & Health
Since 2002, WEFTA has been connecting donors, engineers, and communities in Latin America, all with the common goal of ensuring access to clean drinking water for everyone.
Sanitation & Environment
WEFTA engineers help communities make sound decisions and facilitate the dialog leading to the development of solutions for inadequate sewage treatment, and its associated environmental impacts.
Development & Sustainability
WEFTA volunteers work with the communities we partner with to develop the local skills needed to maintain and manage the water and wastewater systems constructed.