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Implementation of Bio-Sand Filters in Rain Catchment Systems at Rhema Grace Orphanage

Status Complete
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 12/01/2012
End Date 07/01/2013
Funding Source Alex Hills Engineering Research Award
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Community Partner
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Last Updated 01/29/2013 04:02PM
Keywords Water, rain catchment


  Aaron Dotson

Student Researchers
  Newell Pangylayan


A rain catchment system was constructed by the University of Alaska Anchorage chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWBlAA) for the Rhema Grace Orphanage as shown in Figure 1. this is ideal for communities in Cameroon. where water resources are scarce but rainfall is abundant. It has been mostly successful as an adequate water supply. The design utilized local materials, with the intention of being sustainable for the community. As a continuation to this project, research will focus on improving the existing infrastructure and design. Specific goals will be to incorporate filtration in the system and educate the orphanage on maintenance and cleaning methods as well as the importance of drinking safe water. Results of this research arc intended to benefit this particular community and EWB in future water treatment projects. They will also contribute to a deeper understanding or rain catchment filtration.

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