Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2021.


Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering

First Advisor

Laura Doyle

Second Advisor

Aria Amirbahman

Third Advisor

Ed Maurer


The project, in partnership with Santa Clara University Frugal Innovation Hub and Instituto de Investigacion y Proyeccion sobre Ciencia y Tecnologia (INCYT) at Universidad Rafael Landivar, aimed to provide Panimache II, a small volcanic Guatemalan community, with access to clean and affordable water. The team designed a water treatment plant and distribution system, consisting of a hydraulic flocculator, sedimentation basin, slow-sand filter, and chlorination chamber, to remove the high levels of ash and other suspended solids. Components of the project included analyzing water source and quality, availability of construction materials, and recommended construction to effectively design and implement the community's water treatment and distribution system. Due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this project was theoretical and will only be considered for implementation when conditions permit.