• A woman and her sick child wait to be seen at the International Buddhist Society free clinic in Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.

    A woman and her sick child wait to be seen at the International Buddhist Society free clinic in Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.

    Photo / Donna Coveney

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  • A young boy drinks polluted water from the village pump. This tube well's water has microbial contamination.

    A young boy drinks polluted water from the village pump. This tube well's water has microbial contamination.

    Photo / Donna Coveney

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  • A biosand filter to clean the water is tipped over into the muck where animals roam by a Jonbarsha village resident impatient to clean out the old water.

    A biosand filter to clean the water is tipped over into the muck where animals roam by a Jonbarsha village resident impatient to clean out the old water.

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  • MIT student Jason Low carries a tray of casings for filters through the doorway of Hari Gobindh's pottery in a village near Kathmandu.

    MIT student Jason Low carries a tray of casings for filters through the doorway of Hari Gobindh's pottery in a village near Kathmandu.

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  • Master potter Hari Gobindh (left) of the village of Thimi near Kathmandu works with Susan Murcott and MIT student Jason Low to make a water filter of sawdust, rice husk, ash, and red clay.

    Master potter Hari Gobindh (left) of the village of Thimi near Kathmandu works with Susan Murcott and MIT student Jason Low to make a water filter of sawdust, rice husk, ash, and red clay.

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  • MIT student Tommy Ngai gathers results from the filtration unit he made to remove arsenic from well water in Parasi.

    MIT student Tommy Ngai gathers results from the filtration unit he made to remove arsenic from well water in Parasi.

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  • Women in Mahilwari sing to show their gratitude for efforts to clean the water.

    Women in Mahilwari sing to show their gratitude for efforts to clean the water.

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Nepal water project photo gallery

A woman and her sick child wait to be seen at the International Buddhist Society free clinic in Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.


A team of eight MIT students and their advisor brought their ingenuity and technical skills to villages in Nepal this year to try to solve a very basic practical problem--the need for clean drinking water at very low cost. Worldwide, more than 1.7 billion people lack access to clean drinking water, and waterborne diseases are a major cause of illness and death.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 22, 2002.


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