Dartmouth.HELP

Dartmouth.HELP

Editor’s Note: Students from Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering are working in Tanzania to help improve sanitation and energy technologies in local villages. This series chronicles work being done by the student-led group, known as Humanitarian Engineering Leadership Projects (HELP), to design “rocket stoves” in the village of Mwamgongo and top-light updraft design (TLUD) gasification stoves in the village of Kalinzi. The goal is to create a healthier, more energy-efficient cooking apparatus that these villagers will accept and use. HELP students are filing these dispatches from the field during their trip. This blog post, their 14th for Scientific American, addresses water systems.

Along with water sanitation testing, HELP has also worked with the village governments in order to develop a solution to the multitude of issues that the water systems face. A major problem of the water system is a general lack of maintenance and upkeep, and as a result, things break frequently. The source of the tap is rarely monitored or cleaned, and the Water Committee that is supposed to be in control of the system is severely underfunded.

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