URI student leads effort to build waste water treatment system for school in Guatemala

20120706StudentGueatemalaA native of Barrington who now lives in Tiverton, Vigeant leads the URI chapter of Students for Global Sustainability. For almost two years, the group of seven engineering students has met weekly to design a wastewater treatment system for the school.
At every turn, they surmount challenges unheard of in the United States. The school lacks reliable electricity, so students avoided electrical pumps by replacing them with dosing siphons that harness natural energy from gravity to provide flow. With no existing treatment infrastructure, the students designed a sand filtration system. Lacking plat maps, they traveled to Guatemala last summer to undertake their own survey and to gain a better understanding of the problem.
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