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Creation of a Ceramic Water Filter Factory in Hammanskraal, South Africa

Student Researcher(s): 
Alice Burgess, Matthew Smith, Max Barab, Anna Wallace, and Kathryn Nunnelley
Faculty Advisor: 
James A. Smith
Community Partner: 
Khulisa Social Solutions

In partnership with Khulisa Social Solutions and PureMadi, team members will help establish a ceramic filter factory in Hammanskraal, South Africa. The team will install a filter press, hammer mill, and kiln, and will build a sieve table and soak tank. Varying ratios of clay to sawdust will be tested systematically to produce ceramic water filters with appropriate flow rates. Team members also will study a new silver application method to determine performance with respect to disinfection of waterborne pathogens.

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