Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2022.


Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering

First Advisor

Laura Doyle


In partnership with Santa Clara University Frugal Innovation Hub and the Institución Universitaria of Politécnico Grancolombiano, the project aims to provide a single household, self-managed, water storage solution for residents of rural Nocaima, Colombia. Currently, the impacts of climate change and the lack of a sufficient community water system threaten the water security of rural Nocaima and the livelihoods of its residents. Proposed are two rainwater collection and storage systems, one including slow sand filtration and tank storage system, and the other a retention pond that will not be filtered. Components of the solutions include collection, storage, and filtration systems, comparison of materials, cost analysis, design details, schedule estimate, and water capacity projections. Additional analysis components include a daily usage model and an analysis of alternatives. The two designs will not consider distribution past the point of extraction from the storage system.