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Uganda Water Filter

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“Access to water and sanitation for all” is the sixth United Nations Sustainable Development goal. While most countries have access to water sources, not all of these sources are considered reliable, or clean, by the standards set by the World Health Organization. In Uganda, rural towns often do not have access to clean water from public municipal sources due to the lack of infrastructure and sanitation. Instead, water is obtained from boreholes, wells or surface sources, potentially containing toxic metal or bacterial contamination. The use of such untreated water often leads to diarrheal diseases, one of the leading causes of death in Uganda. Our filtration device is designed to improve the quality of water available in rural Uganda. The device uses organic materials, such as plant xylem, to clean the water from biological contaminants, and also uses locally-available materials for the apparatus. Ongoing work considers solutions for the pressurization of the water to be filtered, securing the xylem in a housing mechanism without water leakage, and testing for the removal of E. Coli in the filtered water. Different pressurization methods to increase the flow rate of water through the xylem sample are being considered. Additionally, three designs for the xylem housing mechanism to avoid leakage are being tested. The removal of E.Coli will then be verified using the final filtration device design.

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Uganda Water Filter

“Access to water and sanitation for all” is the sixth United Nations Sustainable Development goal. While most countries have access to water sources, not all of these sources are considered reliable, or clean, by the standards set by the World Health Organization. In Uganda, rural towns often do not have access to clean water from public municipal sources due to the lack of infrastructure and sanitation. Instead, water is obtained from boreholes, wells or surface sources, potentially containing toxic metal or bacterial contamination. The use of such untreated water often leads to diarrheal diseases, one of the leading causes of death in Uganda. Our filtration device is designed to improve the quality of water available in rural Uganda. The device uses organic materials, such as plant xylem, to clean the water from biological contaminants, and also uses locally-available materials for the apparatus. Ongoing work considers solutions for the pressurization of the water to be filtered, securing the xylem in a housing mechanism without water leakage, and testing for the removal of E. Coli in the filtered water. Different pressurization methods to increase the flow rate of water through the xylem sample are being considered. Additionally, three designs for the xylem housing mechanism to avoid leakage are being tested. The removal of E.Coli will then be verified using the final filtration device design.