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Deep within the rural communities of Paraguay, the residents of Ygatimi, a small village, obtain the clean water they use for drinking, cooking, and bathing by manually bucketing the water from a local well. Team Flow is faced with the challenge of developing a potable water distribution system that allows the residents of the community easier access to a constant supply of clean water. The proposed solution calls for a gravity driven distribution system, primarily consisting of a water tower, well pump, and a pipe network that leads to each individual dwelling. Strong recommendations will additionally be made with regards to water quality and testing to ensure the water supply is kept clean and free of diseases and pathogens. Team Flow’s distribution network would be linked into six existing smaller community water systems that currently service approximately 250 families. The new system will reach out to encompass a five kilometer radius around a central water tower and would immediately provide water to an additional 250 families. The system would have the potential to supply water to another 500 families in the near future. This report contains an analysis of numerous components that could be used to construct the system along with an overarching recommendation of which components Team Flow feels when combined, would create the best system.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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Great Problems Seminar
Caprio, Andrea; Dorfman, Daniel; Forman, Matthew; and Li, Wanbin, "Potable Water Distribution in Rural Paraguay" (2011). Great Problems Seminar Posters (All Posters, All Years). 109.