School of Engineering and Computational Sciences
Mozambique, water filtration
Glasson, Cole, "Exploring Water Filtration Methods for Implementation in Rural Mozambique" (2022). Senior Honors Theses. 1220.
Of Mozambicans living in rural areas, nearly two-thirds are without access to clean drinking water sources, leading to waterborne diseases and diarrhea. Thus, a great need exists for an effective and sustainable water treatment solution for rural Mozambicans. Boiling, solar disinfection, and membrane-based processes are analyzed with respect to their effectiveness and economic sustainability in an attempt to propose a solution to those living in rural Mozambique. The most sustainable option is membrane-based processes, with two particular systems showing the most promise: Skyhydrant™ and LifeStraw®. These two ultrafiltration system are extremely effective at retaining almost all forms of bacterial and viral contaminants in source water and provide clean water at a rate of $0.0001/L (Skyhydrant™) and $0.0011/L (LifeStraw®).