Atlas Week - Start Where You Are: Innovative Solutions to Water Crises

April 3, 2017 at 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM

Busch Student Center 251AB

Atlas Week, Civil Engineering, Graduate Program, Outreach Events, Undergraduate


Dr. Craig Adams, Oliver Parks Chair and Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology
Addie Buerck, Graduate Student & Research Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology, Missouri State Representative - Engineers Without Borders USA, Graduate Advisoer - SLU Engineers Without Borders, SLU Liaison - Gateway Professional Chapter
Joseph Reznikov, Saint Louis University High School Student & Co-Founder of Skydration Systems

An Endowed Chair, a Graduate Research Assistant, and a High School Student will share their innovative solutions to distinct water crises around the globe!

Adams Water Quality and Treatment Laboratory: Arsenic is a drinking water contaminant that causes both cancer and other severe diseases worldwide. In Bangladesh alone, the World Health Organization estimates that 45 million people are exposed to water with arsenic levels above the WHO guideline of 10 µg/L. While the best approach is to find a drinking water supply that does not contain arsenic and is otherwise safe, many people do not have access to clean water supplies without arsenic present. Dr. Adams and his Graduate Research Assistant, Addie Buerck, are developing a point of use treatment technology that removes arsenic from very high levels to non-detectable levels. This technology utilizes a surface modified ceramic filter with an iron coating on a Potters for Peace type ceramic filter. This presentation will discuss arsenic contamination worldwide, alternatives for arsenic treatment, and the manufacturer and performance of the surface modified ceramic filter being developed in the Adams Water Quality and Treatment Laboratory at Saint Louis University.

SLU Engineers Without Borders: Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA) is a national organization that has helped thousands of people gain access to basic human needs, such as clean drinking water and sanitation. Since its founding in 2011, SLU Engineers Without Borders has partnered with the Gateway Professional EWB Chapter on a water distribution system in Bolivia. Now, as a fully chartered student organization, SLU-EWB is pursuing its own project in Kenya. This talk will give more information about SLU-EWB and its current project.

Skydration Systems: Created by five high school students at Saint Louis University High, Skydration Systems is a St. Louis based startup working to create an efficient, inexpensive rainwater collection system for the developing world. Priced at under $10 per house and requiring little to no maintenance, the Skydration System consists of an innovatively designed cap and hose system that will enable villages to use materials they already have to collect rain water from their roofs. For more information, please visit: http://skydrationsystems.com

Sponsored by: Department of Civil Engineering, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology, SLU Engineers Without Borders, Skydration Systems´╗┐


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