Title

Improving the Standard of Living for Indian Women by Creating a Sustainable Option for Water Transport

Presenter Information

Kimberly Beck

Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Major

Civil Engineering

Research Advisor

Oerther, Daniel B.

Advisor's Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Abstract

Potable drinking water is a basic necessity to life, yet every day nearly a billion people in developing countries struggle to find access to it. In many cases within Indian villages, the responsibility of fetching water for the household falls on the mothers or young daughters. This requires spending a large portion of their day walking long distances, carrying heavy loads of water, which may prevent them from being able to provide the household with an additional source of income, and for the young girls being able to attend school, as well as exposing them to additional health risks. The overall goal of this research is to design a means of transporting water using only materials that can be found locally within these Indian villages. Creating a sustainable option for water transport will allow for an improved standard of living.

Biography

Kimberly Beck is a sophomore at Missouri S&T currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Kimberly is originally from Marshall, Missouri. She does not expect to graduate until May of 2016, but hopes to continue participating in research during her remaining time at Missouri S&T.

Research Category

Social Sciences

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hall

Presentation Date

16 Apr 2014, 9:00 am - 11:45 am

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Improving the Standard of Living for Indian Women by Creating a Sustainable Option for Water Transport

Upper Atrium/Hall

Potable drinking water is a basic necessity to life, yet every day nearly a billion people in developing countries struggle to find access to it. In many cases within Indian villages, the responsibility of fetching water for the household falls on the mothers or young daughters. This requires spending a large portion of their day walking long distances, carrying heavy loads of water, which may prevent them from being able to provide the household with an additional source of income, and for the young girls being able to attend school, as well as exposing them to additional health risks. The overall goal of this research is to design a means of transporting water using only materials that can be found locally within these Indian villages. Creating a sustainable option for water transport will allow for an improved standard of living.