Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2016.


Civil Engineering

First Advisor

Edwin Maurer


In developing nations, such as Nicaragua, water security issues affect a large portion of the population. A lack of clean and secure water negatively causes many public health, environmental and economic concerns. This project addresses the need to develop a water distribution system to a rural community in Nicaragua. The proposed solutions will allow the community to choose more resilient design options to ensure reliable water delivery throughout the community.

By using NeatWork, a Nicaraguan based system, and WaterGEMS, which is more commonly used in the United States, it was determined that designing for 100% reliability was the most responsible approach, especially for community with growing populations. This would allow the community to receive ample water in more extreme circumstances, instead of merely average circumstances. The addition of a loop, or redundancy, would protect the integrity of the system by allowing water to be re-routed if a section of the system is compromised.