Engineering for Change

Interest: Water

Nearly 1 billion people don’t have access to clean water, and the consequences are fatal. Diarrhea is one of the leading killers of children under the age of five. Fortunately, the solutions needed to access clean water can be affordable and reliable. With informed design and management, drawing water, transporting and purifying it are all possible for everyone worldwide.

Interest: Water

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Rob Goodier

Expert Insight into Targets for Brackish Water Treatment Design

March 13, 2020

Join the Siemens Design Challenge for a chance to win one of two $10,000 first-place awards. Engineers setting out...

Pallavi Bharadwaj

All Women Need Equal Access to Water and Sanitation

March 9, 2020

International Womens’ Day was recently celebrated worldwide, but many women and girls have little cause for celebration in at...

Evan Thomas

Lessons from Rwanda on Tackling Unsafe Drinking Water and Household Air Pollution

February 27, 2020

Unsafe drinking water and household air pollution are major causes of illness and death around the world. This is...

Jonathan McGrath

Recommendations for Installing Household Water Connections in Ghana

February 3, 2020

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series about lessons learned during Safe Water Network’s experience household...

Rob Goodier

Five Questions for Kathy Ku, Co-Founder of SPOUTS of Water

January 31, 2020

Kathy Ku is a medical student who has applied her engineering background to co-found a water filter manufacturing company...

Rob Goodier

A Solar Desalination Plant Makes Saltwater Potable in Rural Kenya

December 31, 2019

A new solar-powered water desalination plant is providing 35,000 liters of fresh water per day for the residents of...

Pallavi Bharadwaj

A New Financial Tool May Alleviate Water-Borne Disease in Children

December 23, 2019

A new financial product called development impact bonds has been launched to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in...

Peter Gray

Three Startups Are Changing the World One Drop of Water at a Time

December 9, 2019

It can be easy to take water for granted when you have it. But many do not. Nearly two...

Charles Newman

E4C Now Offers a Database of Field Manuals for Design and Construction

November 6, 2019

Swapping hard drives is a common exchange between humanitarian professionals working in remote regions. “Do you have any movies?...

Charlie Sellers

Design Your Product for Manufacturability and High Quality

September 26, 2019

The transition from prototyping into production is a huge step for any hardware startup in any country. Given that...


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  • Shehab, you raise an interesting point about the necessity of paying for water while serving low-income communities. A useful analogy may be access to food⁠, which is also a necessity for life, and one that requires payment to cover the cost of raising the food, processing it, transporting it, and s...

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