In Bihar, the lack of proper hygiene practices, toilets, plumbing, nonexistent waste collection, undesignated areas for livestock, and incessant flooding causes severe water contamination. Viruses and bacteria are found in the surface water. The alternative water source that is uncontaminated by viruses and bacteria, referred to as ground water, has high arsenic content. This leads to Bihar residents either walking long distances for pure water or drinking consistently contaminated water, many times with fatal consequences. Previous filter implementations have failed due to Bihar residents not feeling personally responsible for the solution or not being educated on the reasoning for the solution.
Read more about the solution this team developed to help combat this issue on their IPRO Poster.