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Start Where You Are: Innovative Solutions to Water Crises

Monday, 03 April, 2017

An endowed chair, a graduate research assistant and a high school student will share their innovative solutions to distinct water crises around the globe at 6:15 p.m. Monday, April 3, in Room 251AB at Busch Student Center.


Craig Adams, Ph.D., Oliver Parks Chair and Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology

Addie Buerck, graduate student and research assistant, Department of Civil Engineering, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology; Missouri State Representative, Engineers Without Borders USA; Graduate Advisor, SLU Engineers Without Borders; SLU liaison,  Gateway Professional Chapter

Joseph Reznikov, Saint Louis University High School student and co-founder of Skydration Systems

Adams Water Quality and Treatment Laboratory: Arsenic is a drinking water contaminant that causes both cancer and other severe diseases worldwide. In Bangladesh alone, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 45 million people are exposed to water with arsenic levels above the WHO guideline of 10 µg/L. While the best approach is to find a drinking water supply that does not contain arsenic and is otherwise safe, many people do not have access to clean water supplies without arsenic present. Adams and his graduate research assistant, Addie Buerck, are developing a point-of-use treatment technology that removes arsenic from very high levels to non-detectable levels. This technology utilizes a surface-modified ceramic filter with an iron coating on a Potters for Peace type ceramic filter. This presentation will discuss arsenic contamination worldwide, alternatives for arsenic treatment and the manufacture and performance of the surface-modified ceramic filter being developed in the Adams Water Quality and Treatment Laboratory at Saint Louis University.

SLU Engineers Without Borders: Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA) is a national organization that has helped thousands of people gain access to basic human needs, such as clean drinking water and sanitation. Since its founding in 2011, SLU Engineers Without Borders has partnered with the Gateway Professional EWB Chapter on a water distribution system in Bolivia. Now, as a fully chartered student organization, SLU-EWB is pursuing its own project in Kenya. This talk will give more information about SLU-EWB and its current project.

Skydration Systems: Created by five high school students at Saint Louis University High, Skydration Systems is a St. Louis based startup working to create an efficient, inexpensive rainwater collection system for the developing world. Priced at under $10 per house and requiring little-to-no maintenance, the Skydration System consists of an innovatively designed cap-and-hose system that will enable villages to use materials they already have to collect rain water from their roofs. Click here for more information.

Sponsored by the Department of Civil Engineering at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology;  SLU Engineers Without Borders and Skydration Systems.