Weekly Meeting Location and Time:
Everitt Lab | Monday 5PM-6PM
Community Engineering Corps
The CE Corps is a domestic segment of EWB with the mission to bring “underserved communities and volunteer engineers together to advance local infrastructure solutions in the United States”. It is an alliance with Engineers Without Borders-USA, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Water Works Association. Currently, the CE Corps of the UIUC chapter is working on the Hopkins Park Sanitation Project – our very first local project!
About the Community
Hopkins Park is a community of roughly 600 people within the Pembroke Township and Kankakee County on the Illinois-Indiana border. The community is over 90% African American. Half of the community lives below the poverty line, with a median household income of $18,823, less than a third of the state median of $60,960.
The student chapter of EWB @ UIUC adopted the project last semester in Winter 2019 and have since made the first trip down to Hopkins Park, Illinois to meet with the community and all parties involved with the project. This includes the township’s mayor, American Water-Works Association (AWWA), operators of the local water plant as well as the water department clerk.
EWB UIUC aims to assist the community in repairing the water and wastewater treatment system.
Over the summer (2019), our CE Corps team has worked on understanding the system of the water and wastewater treatment plants and will be making more trips to Hopkins Park to assess and implement solutions on the plants over the next few semesters.
Our project has multiple goals for this semester. Firstly, we will compare how the wastewater treatment plant was originally meant to operate to how it is currently operating. Based on this, we will determine how best to improve the process so that it is more suitable for a smaller scale. Finally, we hope to contribute to the newly centralized fundraising of our chapter!