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'Filter Puerto Rico' Brainstorming Session

Thursday, 07 December, 2017

Drew Koslow of Ridge to Reefs, a Maryland-based non-profit organization will speak and engage with the SLU community to brainstorm new approaches for future disasters where drinking water has been interrupted from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, in Room 251A, Busch Student Center.

Climate change has brought to bear the reality of more severe natural disasters. The need to ensure that island territories and countries, that can be difficult to access after a disaster, have adequate capacity to deliver potable water under the most severe circumstances is more important than ever. Saint Louis University has a history of responding to disasters with both timely service and research to enhance the delivery of safe drinking water.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch, SLU responded to the needs of the Olancho communities in Honduras, and has since followed up this work with research studies on how to make point of use water filters more effective. Other University efforts have been made for research of point of use water filters and the delivery of potable water in Guatemala and other parts of Latin America.

Koslow’s organization has provided water purification systems, and portable solar power systems with inverters and batteries to provide essential support for rural communities in Puerto Rico.

The Dec. 7 discussion will focus on how SLU can position itself to perform research and service that will provide the needed answers to prepare for future disasters.

The event is sponsored by Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education, the College for Public Health and Social Justice, and the Office of the Vice President for Research.