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An Arborloo is a simple and affordable technology in sanitation--a moveable slab over a shallow pit that can be relocated when the pit is full. In Haiti, where sanitation coverage has dropped from 26% in 1990 to 17% in 2010 (WHO), improving sanitation is crucial, especially as it relates to preventable illness caused by unsafe drinking water, poor hygiene, and inadequate sanitation.
Although the current Arborloo has a developed design, there are still several shortcomings. It takes two days to install, with the majority of time needed for the concrete to set. This 3'x3' rebar enforced concrete base is not easily transportable. Also, the aesthetics of the current design, which includes a covering made out of woven palm fronds and sleeping mats, is not appealing to the Haitian population. Generally, in Haiti, there is not a perceived need to purchase and maintain Arborloos.
As a follow on to P13414, which focused on the entire design of the Arborloo, this project focuses on the design of the base. Our base design is limited to concrete, while P14415 is concurrently developing a plastic base.
The new design of the base needs to be affordable, safe, moveable, sturdy, and quick and simple to install. It needs to be resistant to environmental damage caused by climate or pests. Overall, we want to develop a product that has an impact on improving sanitation in Haiti. Key challenges include the cost and time to build. The ultimate deliverable for this project is to develop two prototypes that can be presented at the EPA Expo in Washington, DC in April of 2014.
1. Low cost (< $50 to purchase)
2. Base design that safely covers an 18-20 inch hole in diameter, 3-4 ft. deep hole
3. Easily constructed using simple hand tools
4. Modern aesthetics to encourage Haitians to invest in better sanitation
5. Portable (by people/donkey over long distances)
6. Resistance to environmental damage (pests, weather, use, etc.)
7. Has a modular design
|Victoria Snell||Project Manager/Industrial Engineerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Anthony Deleo||Industrial Engineeremail@example.com|
|Evan Burley||Mechanical Engineerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mac Keehfus||Mechanical Engineeremail@example.com|
|Joe Omilanowicz||Mechanical Engineerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
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