a leading international engineering firm and long-time WaterAid supporter, announced a three-year partnership with WaterAid America on this World Water Day, March 22, 2012.
In addition to supporting WaterAid’s programs with a financial contribution, Arup Americas launched an employee volunteering program to provide technical assistance to WaterAid’s newest program in Nicaragua.
"Alleviating global water poverty takes collaboration, innovation and spirit. Arup is committed to using the tremendous capacity of its staff to support WaterAid's country programs. We will go beyond financial support whenever possible to provide creative solutions to technical barriers in ways that only Arup engineers can," stated Zak Kostura, structural engineer at Arup.
In 2007, Zak Kostura spent several months in Nigeria in 2007 working to enhance the sustainability of wells and latrines there. Inspired by that experience, he realized the value of engineers’ technical support and personally championed the renewal of Arup’s support of WaterAid’s new program in Nicaragua. He has recruited the support of 35 Arup engineers, who will assist WaterAid in Nicaragua by researching and providing insight on a variety of technical issues.
Joshua Briemberg, Country Representative for WaterAid in Nicaragua, visited Arup in January 2012 to share program updates and identified seven case studies, ranging from how best to protect solar pump systems to designing sanitation models for schools. Arup engineers will research and provide guidance in these seven areas, working in teams on each area case study, and will correspond regularly with Joshua via email and Skype.
Arup engineers Nicole Dubowski and David Kinskey-Lebeda discuss the photo exhibit about the WaterAid-Arup partnership.
To launch the partnership on World Water Day, Arup set up an exhibit at
their Water Street location in order to help educate employees about the
global water crisis, the partnership with WaterAid, and
volunteering opportunities. The exhibit featured a rope pump and
demonstrative video of Arup employees assembling the pump, and posters
about WaterAid in Nicaragua and the case studies at hand.
For more information on corporate support of WaterAid, please call Annie Bonner on (212) 683 0430 or
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Arup is committed to using the tremendous capacity of its staff to support WaterAid's country programs. We will go beyond financial support whenever possible to provide creative solutions to technical barriers in ways that only Arup engineers can.