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First Advisor

Svetlana Nikitina

Date

2012

Abstract

Very few people in Latin America have constant access to an adequate water supply. To address this crisis, our project - sponsored by the AVINA Foundation - was to provide construction guides for water distribution systems that the local communities can implement to ensure sufficient water supply for the town. We contacted experts and conducted extensive research into different components of water distribution systems in an effort to understand the elements of the needed construction guides. We also created a simple questionnaire to help design customized construction guides for an appropriate water distribution system for each area so that, in the future, this project can affect all regions in need, regardless of geographical diversity. The basic construction guides and questionnaire have been sent to Paula Burt, Program Coordinator at the AVINA Foundation. Improved water distribution systems would cause many social benefits such as an enhanced quality of living, fewer health issues, and the security of a critical resource. Since local residents will be construction these systems themselves, there will be a stronger sense of self-sufficiency as they will be able to perform maintenance and build more systems on their own.

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The Grand Challenges Seminar

Language

English

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Course

The Grand Challenges Seminar

Program

Great Problems Seminar

Format

application/pdf

Water Distribution Systems in Latin America


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