Higgins, Lorraine D.
Shockey, Ingrid K.
This project assessed the challenges facing traditional Himalayan watermills known as gharats. We conducted site assessments at 21 gharats and interviewed both mill owners and local grain farmers to explore the social, technical, economic, and environmental reasons for mill abandonment. Additionally, we examined the factors causing diminishing demand for gharats’ services. We developed recommendations for watermill owners, and initiated a pilot renovation on an abandoned mill to test innovations that can maintain the gharat’s tradition.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
President's IQP Award, Finalist
Interactive Qualifying Project
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