photos by Sharlene Markowski, Adam Sevi and Greg Wight
In January, the biggest concerns about water in Vermont, home of Norwich University, involve the ice and snow that accompany a long cold snap.
But among 120 inhabitants of Patapatani, Bolivia, Norwich students and their professors are discovering water worries of a different and more critical nature.
“The people from the town lived on a day-to-day basis with no more than a light bulb and an old radio in their homes,” said Christopher Seifert, a third-year civil engineering major. “Just as eye-opening as the lifestyle was the water that people were using for drinking water—it was murky and quite a distance from the town center. It put into perspective how Americans take for granted the drinking water we have available.” continue
© March 6, 2009 Norwich University Office of Communications