Title

Analyzing Critical Drinking Water Parameters in Rural India

Presenter Information

Aexander Korff

Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Major

Environmental Engineering

Research Advisor

Oerther, Daniel B.

Advisor's Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Funding Source

John and Susan Mathes Endowed Chair in Environmental Engineering

Abstract

Over a two week period in India drinking water samples were collected from hand pumps and tanks in rural villages and analyzed for potential harmful pollutants, coliform bacteria, and general species that can adversely affect water quality. The water samples were collected from 15 separate sources in three villages near the city of Anwar, Gujarat India. The unfiltered drinking water samples were tested using the CEL 850 Basic Drinking Water Laboratory equipment and the Paddle Tester/Total Aerobic Bacteria/Total Coliform kit both from HACH. A majority of the samples collected in the areas tested were relatively potable, but some samples showed warning signs for possible serious health risks.

Biography

Alex is a senior in Environmental Engineering with plans to graduate in December 2013. After receiving his undergraduate degree he plans to pursue a Masters and eventually a Ph.D. in either Environmental Engineering or Science. Alex is very involved with his fraternity Kappa Sigma and has held officer positions in both Kappa Mu Epsilon and Phi Eta Sigma.

Research Category

Sciences

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Award

Sciences oral presentation, Third place

Location

Turner Room

Presentation Date

03 Apr 2013, 9:30 am - 10:00 am

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Analyzing Critical Drinking Water Parameters in Rural India

Turner Room

Over a two week period in India drinking water samples were collected from hand pumps and tanks in rural villages and analyzed for potential harmful pollutants, coliform bacteria, and general species that can adversely affect water quality. The water samples were collected from 15 separate sources in three villages near the city of Anwar, Gujarat India. The unfiltered drinking water samples were tested using the CEL 850 Basic Drinking Water Laboratory equipment and the Paddle Tester/Total Aerobic Bacteria/Total Coliform kit both from HACH. A majority of the samples collected in the areas tested were relatively potable, but some samples showed warning signs for possible serious health risks.