Yvonne Carts-Powell

Using their Powers for Good: small, cheap water sanitizers

In Uncategorized on February 17, 2009 at 12:39 am

morguefile.com

What do you do when you learn that about one-sixth of the world’s population — nearly one billion people, according to UNICEF — lack clean water on a daily basis?

If you happen to be one of 15 student engineers at the University of Iowa, you roll up your sleeves and design a $5, hand-held device to sanitize water and potentially save lives.

Although the student invention began as a class project, it has since become a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first-place-award-winning project (2008 P3 Awards) and the subject of a presentation on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago.

Iowa student engineers develop hand-held water sanitizer for a thirsty world.

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