Students develop low-cost water filtering system for African nation

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

In an effort to bring fresh water to rural Kenyans, School of International Affairs (SIA) students Kory Hansen and Jin Ju Kim participated in Penn State’s Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program to develop a ceramic water filtration system for parts of the sub Saharan African nation.

Every year, 3.4 million people die from lack of access to fresh water globally. In East Africa, daily routines include women venturing miles to secure fresh water, and bearing the heavy weight of water containers to secure less-than-desirable water.

Hansen and Kim, replicated a ceramic water filter design from a nonprofit organization, Potters for Peace. The goal was to use no more than two people, $200, and two days, when they built the new design of the water filter, based on available resources in Africa.

Source: Penn State Live (link opens in a new window)

Agriculture, Entrepreneurship
product design, social enterprise, water