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Our very own project consultant Richard Wukich (Slippery Rock University) was interviewed by CNN during his most recent trip to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. A brief story aired on CNN a few days ago. Although the story incorrectly links him with Potters for Peace his trip was part of a partnership with FilterPure in the Dominican Republic and an initiative to establish a ceramic water filter production facility in Haiti. You can watch the video here:

Here is the description that accompanies the video:

Dr Richard Wukich of Slippery Rock University creates Ceramic Water Filters to save lives. This is a CNN Anderson Cooper story about DR Wukich’s trip to Haiti, Potters For Peace and how he teaches residents of countries with poor drinking water how to make their own water filters…….. The January 12 earthquake in Haiti damaged the already weak infrastructure on the island nation. As a result, thousands of Haitian families were left homeless and forced into tent encampments, without reliable access to food, clean water or sanitation.

In response to the disaster, Dr. Richard Wukich is in Haiti with a simple mission: to bring clean water to Haitians in need. Working with Potters For Peace, an international nonprofit that makes clay water filters, Wukich is distributing these useful clay pots to Haitian families. The pots are inexpensive to make and each pot can purify 2.5 liters of water each hour.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper reports.

TAMU Water Project members Steve Carpenter and Dick Wukich recently visited California State University-San Bernardino (CSUSB) where they conducted a two-day water filter workshop and public demonstration as well as a public lecture on the production of ceramic water filters and related projects. Below are some images of their trip. Professor Billie Sessions (art education) and Assistant Professor Alison Petty Ragguette (ceramics) made the visit, workshops and lectures possible.

Mixing clay on campus.

Mixing clay on campus.

Mixing clay in the middle of campus at CSUSB.

Mixing clay in the middle of campus at CSUSB.

Dick Wukich throwing part of a water filter receptacle.

Dick Wukich throwing part of a water filter receptacle.

We have added several lesson plans and curriculum guides to the Education page of this blog. Take a look and see what you think. If you try any of these with your students please let us know (tamuwaterproject@gmail.com). Our very own Angela Cornelius collected and edited many of these documents (thanks Angela). These documents are in PDF format.

We are also interested in posting any lesson or curriculum plans you would like to share with us that relate to water, pottery, appropriate technologies, environmental issues, or social justice.

by Ishan Desai

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.  ~Thomas Fuller

According to the World Health Organization there are around 1 billion people in the world who do not have access to clean drinking water and 2.6 billion people who lack proper sanitation.  Texas A&M University engineering professor, Bryan Boulanger, and graduate research assistant, Ishan Desai, are hoping to change this outlook by incorporating nanotechnology into treatment systems used throughout the world.  Nanotechnology is the science that deals with particles of matter smaller than 100 nanometers. Nanotechnology based treatment alternatives are an emerging field of water purification science that has the potential for treating water and wastewater quickly, efficiently, and at lower future costs. 

Research performed by Boulanger and Desai is focused on evaluating the ability of such nanoscale metal oxide particles to remove common water contaminants such as heavy metals (arsenic, mercury, cadmium, and chromium), anions (nitrates, nitrites, phosphates, bromide, chloride, and fluoride), and organics (DDT, TCE, PCE, antibiotics and hormones) from source waters. The main objective of their research is to evaluate the fundamental factors affecting surface chemistry occurring between the nanoparticles and contaminants.  By thinking small, the researchers hope to have a big impact and provide useful solutions to solve the growing potable water crisis.  

For additional information please contact:-

Dr Bryan Boulanger: – bboulanger@civil.tamu.edu

Ishan Desai: – ishandesai@neo.tamu.edu

 

Of course, we are not the only group of concerned scholars, artists, and citizens dedicated to finding solutions to the global water crisis. One group that is truly an inspiration is The Center of Advanced Materials for the Purification of Water with Systems (WaterCAMPWS). This group is a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center.

The mission of The WaterCAMPWS is to develop revolutionary new materials and systems for safely and economically purifying water for human use, while simultaneously developing the diverse human resources needed to exploit the research advances and the knowledge base created.

Their size, depth, and example of interdisciplinary work is impressive and inspirational. They have so many members from a variety of different institutions and locations. If we can only be so fortunate and evolve into an impressive resource for water research and education.

KidsHealth.org has dedicated a page in its extensive set of resources to the importance of drinking water. Here is just a sample:

“What do you, the trees, and a hamster have in common? Give up? You all need water. All living things must have water to survive, whether they get it from a water fountain, a rain cloud, or a little bottle attached to the side of a hamster cage.

“Without water, your body would stop working properly. Water makes up more than half of your body weight and a person can’t survive for more than a few days without it. Why? Your body has lots of important jobs and it needs water to do many of them. For instance, your blood, which contains a lot of water, carries oxygen to all the cells of your body. Without oxygen, those tiny cells would die and your body would stop working.”

http://kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/food/water.html

The Ixtatan Foundation is supporting a ceramic water filter project using the same technology that we are using for our project; the clay, sawdust, and colloidal silver filters. (For more on this and other water filter technologies, click here.)

“Engineers from the University of Virginia are conducting an ongoing study of water quality in San Mateo Ixtatán and the water filters produced in the school’s kilns, now being used to purify drinking water in the town’s homes. They will measure the effects of regular access to clean water on the health and productivity of the people of San Mateo Ixtatán. Students are involved in this work as well, learning to take water samples, measure water quality, build filters, and work with community members”

http://www.ixtatan.org/english/waterfilters.php

Know H2O is an education initiative from Play Pumps International. The site offers information for students and teachers about water through a variety of educational activities

http://www.knowh2o.org/site/c.jgLLITOFKtF/b.3429435/k.BE42/Home.htm

The Summer 2008 copy of the Northern Now magazine features a story about our own Manny Hernandez. Below you will find a link to the newsletter (PDF). Among other important stories you will find a feature on Manny and his global humanitarian work with ceramic water filters. Once you download the magazine, go to page 12 (page number revealed at bottom of screen) to see the article on Manny and his work.

http://www.niu.edu/alumni/downloads/NNOWSUMMER08.pdf

Bravo, Manny.