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EPA Grant Number: SU835525
Title: Sustainable Sanitation Strategies for Peri-Urban and Rural Developing Communities

University of Rhode Island’s team is designing a sanitation system for San Mateo Ixtatán, a small town of about 10,000 in the mountains of Guatemala that dates back to the pre-Columbian era. The team’s system combines a septic tank with secondary treatments powered with off-the-grid energy and reuses the treated waste to fertilize crops and restore topsoil. Better sanitation will help prevent local water pollution.

Challenge Area(s): Built Environment, Water

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