Throughout the world the search for clean drinking water is a daily struggle. In the northwest of Mexico there is a Native American group who face this struggle. The Tarahumara have contaminated water, which is causing many waterborne illnesses. A small individual filtration system has been developing as a possible solution to the problem of contaminated drinking water. The filter is very low cost, made of local material by local labor, is highly effective in purifying drinking water, and lasts for one year. In my presentation I will explain my past involvement in Nicaragua with the filtration system and how that technology can be transferred to the Copper Canyon region, where the Tarahumara live.
Joseph Conover, ’01 Spencer, IA
Majors: Economics and Business
Sponsor: Gordon Urquhart