Pathogen Reduction with Sustainable and Appropriate Technology for a Secondary School Sanitation Facility in Azové, Benin

EPA Grant Number: SU831834
Title: Pathogen Reduction with Sustainable and Appropriate Technology for a Secondary School Sanitation Facility in Azové, Benin
Investigators: Striebig, Bradley A. , Dacquisto, John F.
Current Investigators: Striebig, Bradley A. , Boger, Kevin , Culbreth, Ian , Dacquisto, John F. , Fagnant, Thomas , Hall, Katie , Hardy, Danielle , Jantzen, Tyler , Langenhuizen, Brendon , Olson, Christa , Raleigh, Mark , Rowden, Katherine
Institution: Gonzaga University
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Phase: I
Project Period: September 1, 2004 through May 30, 2005
Project Amount: $10,000
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2004) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Drinking Water , P3 Challenge Area - Water , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Awards , Sustainability


Sustainable and appropriate technologies will be utilized to reduce pathogens associated with student practices at the College d’Enseignment Generale (CEG) School in Azové, Benin. Community focused projects such as this one directly addresses seven of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG) set by the United Nations (UN). EWB-Gonzaga’s sustainable design objectives are to:

1. Establish a readily available source of water for drinking and handwashing.
2. Design a facility for collecting and treating solid and liquid human wastes.
3. Reduce exposure and subsequent illness to intestinal parasites and disease.


The scope of the proposed design effort includes a site visit, transport and treatment of water for drinking and sanitation, collection and treatment of solid and liquid human wastes using composting toilets, and the structural design for the facility. The CEG sanitation facility will combine appropriate technological solutions to water and wastewater treatment for developing communities. The unique combination of ceramic filters for sanitation and drinking water and composting toilets for pathogen reduction and fertilizer generation will promote sustainable resource consumption and increase economic prosperity.

Expected Results:

There are over 700 7th to 10th grade students at the College d’Enseignment Generale (CEG) School in Azové, Benin. Like most children in the developing world, these students lack access to clean water and basic sanitation facilities. The EWB-Gonzaga design will increase access to a potable water supply for drinking and handwashing at the CEG School. Pathogens will be removed from the potable water with a ceramic filter and pathogens will be destroyed in wastewater solids through the composting processes. Promoting proper sanitation and providing the technology to implement water and wastewater treatment in the community will decrease childhood and maternal disease and mortality rates in Azové.

Publications and Presentations:

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Supplemental Keywords:

drinking water, water, human health, children, pathogens, sustainable development, engineering, monitoring, EPA Region 10, RFA, Scientific Discipline, PHYSICAL ASPECTS, Water, TREATMENT/CONTROL, POLLUTANTS/TOXICS, Wastewater, Health Risk Assessment, Arsenic, Environmental Microbiology, Physical Processes, Water Pollutants, Drinking Water, Microorganisms, Water Pollution Control, monitoring, pathogens, wastewater treatment, natural waters, bacteria, microbiological organisms, waterborne disease, exposure and effects, ceramic filters, ceramic filter, exposure, treatment, environmental chemistry, viability methods, microbial risk management, parasites, drinking water contaminants, water treatment, drinking water treatment, other - risk management, drinking water system, adaptive technology

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