Funding success: RAEng award on low-cost water filters in Kabul
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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.
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One third of the population of Afghanistan remains excluded from clean, basic water sources. This project aims to conduct an interdisciplinary study of water purification techniques at the household level, using local materials such as clay-based pottery filters #FrontiersDev pic.twitter.com/gdZ6iHANQu— RAEngGlobal (@RAEngGlobal) March 25, 2021