Team awarded grant to develop clean drinking water technology

A research team made up largely of Stanford undergraduate students received prestigious federal recognition recently. They are working on low-cost technology to provide safe drinking water to millions.

Photo Credit: Amy Pickering

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $15,000 grant and the opportunity to compete for up to $90,000 to a team advised by JENNA DAVIS, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

The team, the Stanford Dhaka Water Project, is developing a device to disinfect drinking water without relying on electricity or moving parts. The in-line chlorinator is designed for low-income urban areas that rely on shared drinking water points and is being tested in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The EPA awarded the grant as part of the first phase of its annual P3: People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability focused on developing “sustainable technologies to help protect people’s health and the environment while promoting economic development.”

The team of Stanford undergrads, graduate students and postdocs includes VALERIE BAUZA, KARA BENNETT, KEEGAN COOKE, YOSHIKA CRIDER, CAMIL DIAZ, ISAAC MADAN and AMY PICKERING.


—ROB JORDAN, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment