Background Needed to Provide Clean Water in Remote Areas

What skills does one need to become an engineer who works on projects like providing clean water systems for villages in Nicaragua?
posted by Judy Rasmussen, Liberty Lake, WA on March 30, 2012

Answer by Danielle Forget Shield P.E.

Someone providing clean water systems would need to understand both the civil engineering aspects of constructing a clean water source and the environmental requirements for clean water. A Civil Engineering degree with an environmental emphasis would be best. It seems that language skills could also be advantageous, as well as the ability to communicate effectively with people about a sensitive issue. Youd also need to be comfortable going to and living in remote areas possibly without modern conveniences. Danielle