The fundraising aims to raise funds for an academic paper on an urgent need to find a cheap yet effective solution to turbidity in streams caused by erosion and transport of fine soil particles and expansive clay particles.
The funds will be used to purchase tools,sensors and laboratory equipment to study water quality parameters as well as build laboratory and field prototypes. The academic study will be done thru the School of Engineering of the University of San Carlos, Cebu, Philippines thru the school of Engineering.The study also aims to investigate potential solutions that can be replicated on other areas.
Potable water has always been an issue for developing countries, much more so for agricultural communities that are located on flood plains where the cost of treatment makes the price of water go high. the regular heavy rains during the monsoon seasons bring in high concentrations suspended and dissolved soil particles in surfacewater sources forcing treatment plants to cease operations to protect expensive filters at the hopes of prolonging their serviceable lifespan. reliance and overextraction on groundwater sources has contributed to environmental problems such as salt water intrusion and increased soil toxicity, and rain water harvesting operations have only yielded marginal utilizable quantities.
the picture below shows the sediment problem at a local watershed near cebu city, philippines. picture was taken September 2017.