Faculty Advisor

Gerstenfeld, Arthur

Faculty Advisor

Vernon-Gerstenfeld, Susan

Project Center

San Jose, Costa Rica


The focus of this report, prepared for El Centro Nacional de Produccion mas Limpia, is on the prevention of water contamination from Agro-Industry in Costa Rica, specifically on hog farms. The paper discusses waste water management as well as the current and potential use of biogas technology on medium-sized hog farms. The data showed that biogas technology could easily be implemented on many farms, producing financial benefits to the farmer as well as significantly preventing water contamination. Based on an analysis of the data, we made recommendations that include educating the farmers about biogas technology and about the advancement of current finance systems.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

July 2005

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department


Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs