Engineers Without Borders
SaskWater celebrates the seventh year of its Engineers Without Borders (EWB) sponsorship in 2015. The sponsorship is part of our Save a drop. Save a lot. water conservation campaign. The sponsorship provides funds to the EWB chapters at the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan to support their delivery of Water for the World workshops to students in SaskWater's customer communities.
"The impact of the sponsorship has been beneficial for both the Univesity of Regina EWB Youth Venture (YV) team who do not have the opportunity to reach youth in rural communities, and the rural schools who do not often have the opportunity to supplement their lesson plans with guest speakers," said UofR EWB Youth Venture Director Jane Parovsky.
The YV program works to educate and empower youth on global issues and instill in them the drive to pursue deeper knowledge of these subjects in an attempt to help them become model global citizens and turn their good intentions into good impact.
The Water for the World presentation showcases the importance of water. It highlights issues of water scarcity, purity and why individuals and nations should care about water. The presentation explores Canadian water issues as well as water access issues in developing countries.
During the interactive workshop, students are assigned a country, and their goal is to build the best water filters using the supplies provided and an amount of money that corresponds to the GDP of their assigned country. As they build their water filter out of a 2-litre pop bottle and layers of sand and gravel, the students discover how water filtration works and learn firsthand about the challenges that face developing countries in their mission to provide safe water to their citizens.
"The tour was an excellent outreach achievement for our chapter, as well as a great experience for the volunteers," said UofS EWB member Ahmed Abdel-Salam. "We truly appreciate SaskWater's support and hope that our sponsorship continues in the future."
Over the six years of the sponsorship, the EWB Water for the World workshops have been presented in approximately 40 communities to more than 5,000 students.