Nicholas Gutschow

Nicholas Gutschow

I spent part of my summer in Kenya working on clean drinking and hand washing water treatment, storage, and distribution systems in a series of rural primary schools in Kenya. A few years ago the Kenyan Ministry of Education launched a pilot of these systems in 33 schools in cooperation with the NGO IPA, and in the short time since, nearly all of them had failed. My project focused on determining the causes of failure and finding a redesign capable of fixing the problems at or below the original Ministry of Education cost point per unit using only locally available technologies and materials. In the end, I was able to do so with a final cost 40% below the original provided by the Ministry of Education and I installed a new unit using this design in all 33 schools.

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