Rachel J. Monfredo, Chemical Engineering, UR
James Harrington, Executive Director, Ugandan Water Project
Matthew Dawes and Bob Bechtold, Harbec Plastics
The Ugandan Water Project asked our team to research and test new materials for the current rubber gaskets that are used in the water pumps they install and service. Currently, these gaskets are the main cause for pump failure and must be replaced annually which is costly and leaves millions of Ugandans without water. The goal was to come up with a system to test the new materials found and prove they could last for up to 5 years.