Tapped: Engineering Clean Water in Africa
The image above shows a three-hole spring box–a concrete slab with taps built up against the flow of a spring–installed by students in the UMass Amherst Chapter of Engineers Without Borders in Namawanga, Kenya. Since 2006, UMass Amherst students have been working with the Namawanga community to improve and secure their existing water sources through the construction and protection of spring boxes, and more recently, catchment systems and the drilling of boreholes. Of the approximately 46 million people living in Kenya, 17 million do not have access to clean water. Contaminated water leads to a range of water-based diseases such as malaria and intestinal worm diseases (schistosomiasis) and water-borne diseases such as typhoid fever, cholera and dysentery. Learn more.
Image credit: Elaine Palmer