Faculty Advisor

Plummer, Jeanine D.


Residents of Magdalena, an underdeveloped community in Laguna, Philippines, are faced with a costly and contaminated water supply. Water-related illnesses are common. We visited Magdalena and researched water treatment options through journal articles, questionnaires and review of water improvement projects. Effective disinfection options include solar disinfection, boiling and sanitation. Affordability, social acceptance and public education are important in implementing these options. We recommend solar disinfection for Magdalena as this has been successfully used in underdeveloped communities throughout the world.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2005

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering