The goal of water analysis is to eventually be able to monitor the quality of the filters and the water of all 8 fountains in Cange and in the rest of the Central Plateau to be able to ensure that the water quality is not altered. We aim to monitor this right from a computer screen.
The Solid Waste Management (SWM) team has continued its research into solutions to Cange’s waste problem. The town of Cange continues to struggle with the accumulation of waste, with no viable method to dispose of it. The goal of the SWM team is to research a method that would allow the town to properly dispose of a portion of their waste while also serving a positive role in the local economy.
The scope of the Slow Sand Filter Project focuses on implementing an effective water filtration system in areas with a lack of access to clean water, like in Cange, Haiti. In order to make this project cost effective the team aims to construct a system that is reliable and easily maintained. Slow sand filters are a known method of removing pathogens and other contaminants from water, therefore making it safe to drink.
Those living in developing countries often do not have a proper way to dispose and treat human waste, leading to rampant spread of diseases such as cholera. In Haiti, most people openly defecate or use pit latrines. Because of this, fecal matter contaminates the water supply. Biodigesters provide a way to sustainably treat waste and prevent disease. They retain and break down solid waste through anaerobic digestion and then release methane and a nutrient-rich effluent.
Zanmi Lasante is currently reliant on the Haitian grid, which can be unreliable with frequent power outages, and a diesel generator, which is expensive for its electricity. In order to address the inconsistent and expensive electricity, our mission as the hydropower group is to develop a reliable, consistent, and safe source of power for Cange by using the water pressure from the nearby spring.