Seattle University Students Build Water Treatment System For Haiti Survivors
Engineering students mark the one-year quake anniversary by sending their fifth system to the country
WHAT: Seattle U students are completing their fifth fresh water treatment system for Haitian quake survivors. Civil and environmental engineering students have spent countless hours since 2007 creating and building water treatment systems in countries including Thailand and Peru.
Since the disaster struck Haiti, Seattle U students have sent three systems to Port-au-Prince and another to the small town of Saint Marc in the northwestern part of the nation, where a recent cholera outbreak brought more devastation because of polluted water.
With the help of Seattle-based medical teams who have worked in Haiti, Seattle U Engineering Professor Phillip Thompson is developing a list of clinics that need safe water. The goal is to install at least 12 systems over the next year.
WHEN: Early week of Jan. 10th, ongoing during business hours
WHERE: Engineering Building Lab (If interested in interviews/pics/video, please call media contact.)
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Students will be in the lab doing final testing and completing the water treatment system before packing it up to send later this week.
Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,800 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools and colleges. U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2011" ranks SU among the top 10 universities in the West that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs.