The intent of introducing a new technique for purifying water in the developing world is to make a healthier and easier method of collecting and cleaning water for human consumption when there is a chance of causing disease from the pathogens in the water source.

However, the currently implemented systems and products used for water filtration and purification in developing countries go unused or are abandoned once they break down; the local people go back to filtering water in less effective ways.

The reason for the lack of use of these "foreign" designed tools is because they are not accepted in the local community they were designed for. A lack of understanding for the socio-economic and environmental conditions creates a communication barrier between the designer and the end user.

This thesis focuses on the importance of creating a fully integrated point of use water filtration and purification system in Haiti that will be focused on solving certain factors that are usually overlooked in the majority of designs created for the "other 90%."

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Water--Purification--Filtration; Pumping machinery--Design and construction

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Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Industrial Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CIAS)


Stan Rickel

Advisor/Committee Member

Alex Lobos

Advisor/Committee Member

James Myers


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at TD441 .M34 2014


RIT – Main Campus

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