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Funding success: RAEng award on low-cost water filters in Kabul

A view of rolling hills and water in Afghanistan

Image credit: R9 Studios FL on flickr

    Together with Daud Mohammed Hamidi from Durham University, GSD Assistant Professor Marco J Haenssgen has won a £15,730 Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) award from the Royal Academy of Engineering to explore the uses and social development consequences of low-cost clay-based water filters that can be produced by potters locally. As one-third of the Afghan population does not have access to even basic drinking water services and the poverty rate reaches 55%, the project aims to provide local means to overcome constraints to accessing improved water sources that otherwise remain systemically out of reach.
    Clay pot filter

    Image source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1474706508000120#fig1