Please consider contributing to our El Llanito, Nicaragua water supply project

My friend and engineering lead for our El Llanito, Nicaragua water supply project, Phil Bowman, shared the following request for contributions to help offset some of the travel costs for our UC Berkeley student team members as well as some of our equipment and material costs. Thanks Phil!
I’m also inviting you to contribute to this project which will change the lives of members of this community, mostly the women and girls who pump water by hand and carry it from the well to their homes. Your contribution will subsidize student travel, fund a tap stand, a few meters of pipeline or something else we ned to complete the project. Any donation is greatly appreciated. Your donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law (Tax ID: 59-3821454).

Please click here to help:

Phil and I and the rest of the team will be going to El Llanito right after Christmas to help install what you’re funding!  

Have safe and happy holidays,


***From: Phil Bowman <>
Subject: Contribute to a Water Project in Nicaragua?
Date: December 11, 2019 at 4:25:19 PM PST
To: list

Dear Friends and Family,

Since I retired 3 years ago, I have become very involved with Engineers without Borders. (Yes, this is like Doctors without Borders, but we do engineering projects in developing countries like water systems, composting latrines, solar systems and bridges.)At the moment, I’m the engineering lead for a clean water system for a small village in Nicaragua called El Llanito. El Llanito is a community of about 1300 people whose only water source is a single hand-pumped well. Some families have to walk over a mile each way with their water cans and wait their turn to pump their daily water. The average annual household income is about $1000.

Our project will install an electric pump, two large storage tanks, 4.5 km of pipe and 49 tap stands distributed around the community to bring clean water close to each home.

In a few weeks, I’ll be heading down to the community along with other professionals plus six UC Berkeley students to build the first phase of this project. We plan to finish the project on our second trip in the spring.

The professional engineers are paying their own travel expenses, but I’m writing today to solicit contributions to help offset some of the travel costs for the UC Berkeley students.  Ticket prices are over $1000 each and we plan a second trip in the spring.

In addition, although the Rotary Club of Livermore has made a generous donation which will cover most material costs, current funding will not cover everything.  Here are some example cost estimates:

4500 meters of pipeline, fittings and valves =              $24,000 (~$5 per meter)

49 tap stands =                                                              $3,600 ($74 each)

2 pressure break tanks =                                               $1,200 ($600 each)

1 concrete block pump house =                                    $3,300

Misc. tools and supplies =                                             $1,400

Electric pump and installation =                                    $4,000

2 22,000-liter storage tanks =                                        $11,500 ($5,750 each)

Student travel costs ($1000 x 6 students x 2 trips) =    $12,000 ($1,000 per ticket) 

If you would like to contribute to this life-changing project, whether subsidizing student travel, funding a tap stand, a few meters of pipeline or something else, any donation is greatly appreciated.

Please click here to help:

Your donations are tax deductible and I’ll be going to El Llanito myself to help install what you’re funding!  

Thank you,

Phil Bowman

Photo below is the local community gathering to elect members to a Water Committee to coordinate with our water system installation.  The community is very excited to get this new water system.