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Deyton Riddle

We are working on a research project in which we are designing and building a water treatment system for an under-privileged community in Colombia. Our plan is to implement a 2-stage system in which we will filter and disinfect water from a flowing stream to provide safe water for people in this community for everyday use. Currently, our plan involves introducing bleach into the water, using a multi-layer filtration system, which includes using sand-like media of various sizes to filter the water, activated carbon, and a UV source with a proper setup to disinfect it. We will also be creating a generator specifically for this stream in which we will use the water flow from the stream to produce our own source of electrical energy in order to provide power to our UV setup. We are also currently investigating solar panel as an additional power source. We will be using 3-D printing techniques to produce parts for this system. We will construct a sensor that will focus on testing the turbidity levels of the water. In addition, we will also create teaching modules for grade school kids as well as do some K-12 educational work with electro-flocculation along with from San Antonio, TX.

Project Title

Water Filtration and Treatment

Faculty Mentor Name

Dr. Juan David Blandon