Title

Improving ability to transfer water effectively and inexpensively in African villages

Presenter Information

Derek Schnoebelen

Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Major

Civil Engineering

Research Advisor

Oerther, Daniel B.

Advisor's Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Funding Source

John A. and Susan Mathes Endowed Chair in Environmental Engineering

Abstract

According to the United Nations an estimated 40 billion man hours are lost per year collecting water in Sub-Saharan Africa. The job of gathering water is usually designated to the women of the household and can take up to 60% of the day. This leaves very little time for other possible income generating activities. This can in turn force them to forfeit valuable time for education and other activities, which contributes to the family’s impoverished situation. Several options are available through aid organizations, but they are not easily accessible and costs can be prohibitive. The aim of this project is to offer a solution that can be made of locally obtained items, thus boosting local economies and creating greater access to water transportation aides.

Biography

Derek Schnoebelen is a sophomore at Missouri University of Science and Technology studying Civil Engineering. At school Derek is involved in Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and Solar House Team. At home or in his free time he likes to mountain bike, run, and spend time outdoors.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hall

Presentation Date

16 Apr 2014, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Improving ability to transfer water effectively and inexpensively in African villages

Upper Atrium/Hall

According to the United Nations an estimated 40 billion man hours are lost per year collecting water in Sub-Saharan Africa. The job of gathering water is usually designated to the women of the household and can take up to 60% of the day. This leaves very little time for other possible income generating activities. This can in turn force them to forfeit valuable time for education and other activities, which contributes to the family’s impoverished situation. Several options are available through aid organizations, but they are not easily accessible and costs can be prohibitive. The aim of this project is to offer a solution that can be made of locally obtained items, thus boosting local economies and creating greater access to water transportation aides.