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2010 News in Brief



MIT students and researcher provide water filters to people in northern Ghana

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Nearly 1 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water. The problem is particularly dire in Ghana. Part of the problem is that large, centralized water filtration and sanitation systems aren’t designed to reach remote areas like northern Ghana, according to Susan Murcott, a senior lecturer in CEE. Murcott has been distributing affordable ceramic water filters in the region through Pure Home Water (PHW), a nonprofit she co-founded with local partners in 2005. To date, PHW has sold and distributed the filters to more than 100,000 people, and the goal is to reach 1 million people by 2015. Read a news story about this work. Read Travis Watters’ student blog about this work.