AWB-Oregon's school projects in developing countries often include a well with a hand pump that serves the neighboring community in addition to the school. The pump is typically surrounded by a concrete apron, but overflow water creates mud and erosion in the immediate area. Our February charrette will look for ways to improve the wellhead area, considering design issues such as:
Controlling mud and erosion around the wellhead
Capitalizing on the well as a community resource by making it a comfortable gathering place
Facilitating the queuing process
Managing overflow water for useful purposes
Architects, designers, engineers, landscape architects, NGO representatives, students, and others are invited to participate. Bring your favorite tools: sketch pads and pencils or computers and VR glasses. Non-designers who have experience using community water sources are especially needed to contribute to our brainstorming process.