In the spring of 2010 the UMD chapter of engineers without borders took on the challenge of creating an operating rainwater catchment system prototype. This prototype was built on campus solely by members of the chapter. Through using a roof gutter as a collection funnel, additional parts were added for the filtration process. The water was filtered by a self made charcoal filter which separated out solids and minerals in the water. The water was then transferred through pvc piping to a collection basin located on the ground.
The rainwater catchment system was part of the first ever UMD hosted EWB seminar. This seminar covered the topics of water treatment and rainwater catchment systems. At the conclusion of the seminar, all attendees of the seminar then toured the finished prototype located on the Umass Dartmouth campus.