Kelly Dyer, Junior Nursing from Greenwood, IN and Taisha Venort, Senior Environmental & Ecological Engineering from Haiti are Purdue students and they share their prototype for a sustainable water treatment system. This is a system they are developing for hundreds of school kids whose drinking water is typically polluted with E coli.
There is a lack of access to safe water around the world, Purdue team wanted to take well-proven technology for water treatment and modify it to make it directly applicable to developing countries, specifically starting with the Dominican Republic.
The team's design includes a bio-sand filter and a hollow fiber membrane.
However, a HUGE piece of the project is connecting the local community, gaining their input and ensuring they know how to own, operate and manage the system AND expand it on their own to other communities.
Another significant piece of the project is implementing and re-inforcing safe hygiene campaigns (such as proper hand-washing) to complement our system that produces safe water.
The team chose a school as our initial "pilot" site because of the central location in the community and the opportunity for teaching hygiene habits.
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