Faculty Advisor

Plummer, Jeanine D.

Faculty Advisor

Skorinko, Jeanine

Project Center

Costa Rica


In the community of Fatima in Desamparados, Costa Rica, the residents currently discard untreated wastewater in the Quebrada Padre. This has caused the water quality in the river to degrade. Our first goal was to assess the residents' perceptions of the river conditions and their wastewater disposal methods through interviews and a site assessment. Results indicated that residents had mixed perceptions of the river and may not know how their wastewater is disposed. We then evaluated wastewater management options based on maintenance, cost, constructability, durability, safety, and effectiveness. We recommend that the existing household infrastructure be connected to the existing municipal sewer to improve the quality of the Quebrada Padre.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies