Title

Improving the Performance of Drinking Water Filters for Developing Countries

Presenter Information

Alexander Korff

Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Major

Environmental Engineering / Biological Sciences

Research Advisor

Oerther, Daniel B.

Advisor's Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Funding Source

John A. and Susan Mathes Chair

Abstract

According to the United Nations, approximately 1/6th of the worlds population lacks access to adequate drinking water supplies resulting in 2.2 million deaths annually. Biosand filtration has been shown in laboratory and field studies to be a cost effective means of improving the microbiological quality of drinking water in developing countries. Unfortunately, in the poorest regions the costs to construct biosand filters remains prohibitive due to the lack of appropriate building materials needed to construct a sand bed with a minimum height of 46 cm. The purpose of this project is to explore alternative designs for biosand filters that effectively utilize the available resources in the poorest regions to improve access to safe drinking water. Fluid modeling was used to analyze potential modifications and experimental models were used to test concepts.

Biography

Alexander is an Environmental Engineering junior at Missouri S&T. He attended Fulton High School and is expecting to graduate from Missouri S&T in spring of 2014. Alex has been involved in several organizations, including leadership positions in Kappa Mu Epsilon, Phi Eta Sigma, and Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He plans on attending graduate school after obtaining his Bachelor’s degree.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

10 Apr 2012, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS
 
Apr 10th, 1:00 PM Apr 10th, 3:00 PM

Improving the Performance of Drinking Water Filters for Developing Countries

Upper Atrium/Hallway

According to the United Nations, approximately 1/6th of the worlds population lacks access to adequate drinking water supplies resulting in 2.2 million deaths annually. Biosand filtration has been shown in laboratory and field studies to be a cost effective means of improving the microbiological quality of drinking water in developing countries. Unfortunately, in the poorest regions the costs to construct biosand filters remains prohibitive due to the lack of appropriate building materials needed to construct a sand bed with a minimum height of 46 cm. The purpose of this project is to explore alternative designs for biosand filters that effectively utilize the available resources in the poorest regions to improve access to safe drinking water. Fluid modeling was used to analyze potential modifications and experimental models were used to test concepts.