Students Build Water Treatment System For Haiti Survivors

Engineering students mark the one-year quake anniversary by sending their fifth system to the country
By Stacy Howard
Photo Credit: Phillip Thompson

Civil and environmental engineering students have spent countless hours since 2007 creating and building water treatment systems in countries including Thailand and Peru. Most recently, they’ve worked on bringing clean water to Haiti. 

Since the disaster struck Haiti in January 2010, Seattle U students have sent three water treatment 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.