SU and High School Students Help Haiti

Engineering students partner up with YMCA group to build fresh water systems
By Stacy Howard
Photo Credit: Lindsey Wasson

Seattle University students and faculty welcomed 15 members of the Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA Black Achievers group last weekend, to explore the drinking water treatment process and build three systems for Haiti quake survivors. 

The SU students spent the morning session training the high school studentson the engineering process of creating drinking water treatment systems. They spent the afternoon building three systems for shipment to medical clinics in Haiti.  The treatment systems were donated by Seattle’s Emerald City Rotary Club. 

The SU students have already built and sent five fresh water systems to Haiti since the quake hit in January 2010. 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.   

Civil and environmental engineering students have spent countless hours since 2007 creating and building water treatment systems in countries including Thailand and Peru.  


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