This paper describes an ongoing collaboration between the Hope College student chapter of Engineers Without Borders – USA and the rural community of Nkuv in the Northwest Province of Cameroon related to improving drinking water quality using Manz biosand filters. The collaboration began in 2006 and focused on developing a community-based construction and distribution model for household water treatment units. Results from microbiology testing of the constructed filters indicate that this water treatment method is effective for improving water quality in rural areas. The results also highlight the need for ongoing assessment and adapting community education programs to provide necessary training for filter construction and maintenance. The critical finding from this study is that transferring this technology in rural settings in developing countries may require years of iterative intervention and site specific adjustments to the construction and distribution model.
International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering
College of Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
Scholarly Commons Citation
Klopfensten, L., Petrasky, L., Winton, V., & Brown, J. (2011). Addressing Water Quality Issues in Rural Cameroon with Household Biosand Filters. International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering, 6(1). Retrieved from https://commons.erau.edu/publication/324