Title

Utilization of Survey Questions and Responses to Evaluate Sanitation Concerns in Santarem, Para, Brazil

Presenter Information

Andrew Schranck

Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Major

Architectural/Civil Engineering

Research Advisor

Oerther, Daniel B.

Advisor's Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Funding Source

John A. and Susan Mathes Endowed Chair of Environmental Engineering

Abstract

Santarem, Brazil is located in a developing region of the state of Para, situated along the convergence of the Tapajos and Amazon Rivers. The people of Santarem have nominal access to potable water, and many households in the villages have been given biosand filters. Missouri S&T students traveled to Brazil to evaluate current living practices related to water sanitation and personal hygiene. The team tested water and collected data from villagers who had biosand filters in their homes. The research team produced a survey utilized to collect important information from the local villagers of Santarem. Survey formatting and styles were researched in order to produce a survey that would reveal unbiased results and a wide range of data. The purpose of the surveys was to reveal indicators of water related health risks that can be evaluated and used to produce future solutions to water sanitation and public health problems in similar communities.

Biography

Andrew began his involvement with Dr. Oerther in the fall semester of 2012 while learning about decision support systems/tools (DSSIDST) that can be used for a plethora of purposes, including applications involving third world countries, water sanitation, and point of use (POU) drinking water treatment systems. Andrew began his quest for international service by joining the Engineers Without Borders chapter at Missouri S& Tin the fall of 2010. He has traveled to Bolivia twice to assess and implement erosion and surface water flooding projects. Andrew is a fifth year student dual majoring in Civil/Architectural Engineering at Missouri S& T After five years of varsity swimming, grueling coursework, and eye opening experiences, he plans to graduate this May and pursue a career which allows him to use his engineering background to improve the quality of life for people suffering from water related issues.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

03 Apr 2013, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Utilization of Survey Questions and Responses to Evaluate Sanitation Concerns in Santarem, Para, Brazil

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Santarem, Brazil is located in a developing region of the state of Para, situated along the convergence of the Tapajos and Amazon Rivers. The people of Santarem have nominal access to potable water, and many households in the villages have been given biosand filters. Missouri S&T students traveled to Brazil to evaluate current living practices related to water sanitation and personal hygiene. The team tested water and collected data from villagers who had biosand filters in their homes. The research team produced a survey utilized to collect important information from the local villagers of Santarem. Survey formatting and styles were researched in order to produce a survey that would reveal unbiased results and a wide range of data. The purpose of the surveys was to reveal indicators of water related health risks that can be evaluated and used to produce future solutions to water sanitation and public health problems in similar communities.