Eric Dues, PE, a structural engineer and inspector from Gannett Fleming's Columbus, Ohio, office, returned from a 17 day-trip to Cameroon in January 2013 as part of an Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) project. The project originated in 2008 when a faculty member from Case Western Reserve University visited Cameroon and proposed the installation of a solar-powered pump to provide clean drinking water for residents of the village of Batoula, where contamination of the water supply and waterborne diseases are common.
In 2010, the EWB-USA team travelled to Cameroon to construct hand pumps and do subsurface investigation with the help of a local driller. The project’s latest accomplishments included the construction of a geo-reinforced soil platform, water tanks, tap stands, and a timber structure to elevate solar panels to power the water pump. Before Dues and his team members left, villagers showed their appreciation by crowning them honorary nobles and queens of the village in a traditional celebration of singing and dancing.
Dues, speaking about Gannett Fleming’s support, stated, “It’s satisfying to see the good will that Gannett Fleming has created by directly helping those in need.”