The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $14,520 grant to John Brown University for a drinking water disinfection project in Guatemala. Every year, the program helps student teams pursue projects that deliver sustainable, alternative methods to address environmental challenges.
The project will design a low-cost, low-impact drinking water purification system for a community in Escuintla, Guatemala. Most of the freshwater in that area isn't fit for human consumption due to industrial waste, volcanic chemicals, viruses and bacteria.
The prototype will run on solar power, purify water with solar ultraviolet radiation, and use digital sensors to automatically collect temperature, pressure, and flow data.