Date of Award

Spring 2018

Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2018.


Civil Engineering

First Advisor

Edwin Maurer

Second Advisor

Laura Doyle


The project was a rainwater capture and purification system for the Buturi community in rural northwestern Tanzania. Recent research indicates the northwestern communities in Tanzania will suffer greatly under the effects of climate change. Using this demonstrated need as impetus, the project created a long-term solution for water accessibility in a community of 57,000 villagers who currently live in extreme poverty. The team visited the Buturi community from March 24 to April 7, 2018 to install the project in the main village, the Makongoro village. The project installation took place at the Buturi Primary School and Community Center. Workshops with local villagers took place to teach and explain how the system works and what maintenance is required. The rainwater capture and purification system should last for approximately 50 years with regular maintenance.