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  • Aug

    Filter performance testing includes looking for naturally-occurring minerals like arsenic in treated water, but it can take several weeks to create a finished ceramic pot filter from the raw ingredients (clay, sawdust and water) and test the filter. International Engineering and Design students developed a procedure to test partial filters using hand-mixed pieces of ceramics.

  • Oct

    The ceramic pot filters are coated with colloidal silver to improve the disinfection performance. Students collected field data regarding the concentration of silver transferred from the filters to the treated water.

  • Sep

    Women as Global Leaders students build houses of cards in San Juan Ermita to help explain engineering to elementary school students.

  • Dec

    Interdisciplinary efforts are a critical part of the water studies. Here a ceramic engineering student installs temperature-measuring devices in the Ecofiltro wood-fired kilns.

  • Feb

    The geological engineering program is developing a tradition of studying renewable energy. The feasibility of using wind turbines and/or photovoltaic systems to pump groundwater at Sacala Las Lomas was characterized by collecting weather data.

  • Mar

    Women as Global Leaders students conducted fundraising to buy dental and school supplies for Guatemalan children. Students from a school near Patzun participate in a tooth-brushing demonstration.

  • Apr

    The first production pots were hand-thrown by Alfonso Ixpata. Students had a personal lesson in pot-throwing from Alfonso in his workshop in Rabinal, Baja Verapaz.

  • May2

    The vast majority of women in the Mayan Highlands wear hand-woven clothing in traditional patterns.

  • Jul

    The pila, or outdoor sink, is a focus of domestic life in rural Guatemala. It stores water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and washing.

  • Ecofilter

    Ecofiltro manufactures ceramic pot filters in Antigua, Guatemala. We recognize and thank Maribel Arevalo, Philip Wilson and the rest of the owners and staff of Ecofiltro because they hosted parts of the field trips. More information about Ecofiltro is available at www.ecofiltro.com.

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