Design of Sustainable Water Supply and Distribution System for Pignon, Haiti

EPA Grant Number: SU833549
Title: Design of Sustainable Water Supply and Distribution System for Pignon, Haiti
Investigators: Pagilla, Krishna
Current Investigators: Pagilla, Krishna , Abdullahi, Abdulkamal B. , Ballog, Matt , Bielskus, Algirdas , Dike, Chukwuderaa , Miot, Alexandre , Nizich, Adam , Radloff, Eric , Rokita, Mark , Taylor, Mark , Venkatesan, Dhesikan , Weissman, Kathryn
Institution: Illinois Institute of Technology
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Phase: I
Project Period: October 1, 2007 through May 29, 2008
Project Amount: $10,000
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2007) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Challenge Area - Water , P3 Awards , Sustainability


This project proposes a design of sustainable water supply and distribution system for Pignon, Haiti by the students of Illinois Institute of Technology with guidance from faculty and practicing professionals.


The main components of the project are: 1) By an adequate amount of safe water to the village of Pignon in the Central Plateau Region of Haiti, we will be able to improve the living and working conditions for its 30,000 citizens. The current practice of going to the water source for collection is time consuming and exposes populations in lower altitudes to contract water borne diseases. 2) Students from engineering, architecture and environmental science backgrounds will collaborate with the water committee of Pignon to collect data to determine the capacity and service area of the proposed water distribution network. 3) The design of the system will utilize sustainable methods of pumping, maximize existing infrastructure and incorporate methods of monitoring that will reduce waste from the network. Strengthening existing links between stakeholders and interested partners will further enhance the long-term sustainability of the proposed project. 4) The multi-disciplinary hands-on learning experience this project requires will promote the value of collaboration. It will also challenge students to devise new methods of information and data collection in the context of a developing community.

Expected Results:

The project has the potential to be a model of water resource management in the region. The project embodies the concepts of people, prosperity, and planet in improving the lives of people in Pignon, Haiti.

Supplemental Keywords:

Drinking water, sustainable development, service oriented learning,

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final Report