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The Village Water Ozonation System (VWOS) team’s core mission statement is to provide economically sustainable and culturally sensitive drinking water solutions for communities, to empower communities with the ability to properly maintain their drinking water supply, and to transform people’s lives by decreasing the occurrences of waterborne diseases.
Currently, the VWOS team is partnering with Friends in Action to design and implement two drinking water treatment systems for the community living on Rama Cay, an island in the Bluefields Lagoon on the eastern coastline of Nicaragua. The wells on the island are contaminated with E. coli and other bacteria and contain high levels of salt that cause the water to be unhealthy, distasteful, and corrosive to metal equipment in the system. The team hopes to design a system that will disinfect the water, remove salinity from the well water with a safe and efficient disposal of all byproducts, and decrease corrosion agents.
VWOS is partnering with Forward Edge International for the third time (Nicaragua 2009 and Mexico 2016) to design water treatment systems for communities in Oaxaca, Mexico and Kijabe, Kenya. The system for Oaxaca is ready for implementation and awaits availability to travel. The system for Kijabe is in the initial stage of communicating with the client on specifics for the design.
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Brubaker, Grant; Galyen, Ruth C.; Stone, Sam B.; Burlew, Benjamin K.; Malanga, TJ J.; Knepper, Ray; and Lockwood, Michelle L., "Village Water Ozonation System" (2021). 2021 Collaboratory/Engineering Symposium. 1.