Professor Eric M.V. Hoek and Dr. Gil Hurwitz will lead a team of UCLA doctoral students to 9 remote villages in Fiji to assess and design safe water and sanitation plans effecting 8000 people and dozens of schools. The team will engage village leaders in designing systems to meet new guidelines set forth by the Fijian Ministry of Works and Ministry of Health in 2012. The baseline assessments will produce the necessary technical information needed as the starting point for developing these plans and to assess the priorities for future projects.In addition, volunteers will be teaching villagers how to perform tests to detect bacteria in their drinking water using simple gel pack kits.
The project’s main goal is to improve the public and environmental health by providing clean safe water in rural Fiji. In addition to improve public and environmental health through proper wastewater treatment and disposal, and to provide knowledge about sanitation issues and training on proper sanitation construction, operation, and maintenance.
Help support the effort at the following crowd funding site: http://startsomegood.com/venture/rural_water_and_sanitation_assessment_program/campaigns/show/help_students_engineer_clean_water_for_fiji