Submitting Campus

Daytona Beach


Civil Engineering

Document Type


Publication/Presentation Date

Spring 2011


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.

Publication Title

International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering


College of Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University

Additional Information

Dr. Jeff Brown was not affiliated with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the time this paper was published.