Refine water treatment techniques using the scientific method to identify dependable, low-cost solutions to help individual households gain access to clean water.
About 800 million people in the world lack access to clean water. This project in focused on helping them, and in particular, the development of low-cost drinking water treatment methods on the household scale for low-resource environments. Previous students have investigated ceramic water filters, fabric filtration, plant-based coagulants, solar thermal disinfection, and iron and arsenic removal. Students should have a grounding in freshman chemistry and calculus. The projects are mostly lab- or field-based.
The primary outcome is the use of the scientific method to optimize household-scale drinking water treatment methods.
|Length of commitment||About a semester (3-5 months)|
|Level of collaboration||Individual student project|
|Benefits||Academic credit; Work study|
|Who is eligible||All undergraduate students who have completed freshman Chemistry and Calculus|
If you are planning to use this project to satisfy program requirements for your academic major or minor, it is your responsibility to obtain approval from your academic department prior to beginning the project.
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