College of Engineering (COE)

Date of Last Revision

2021-09-13 15:08:41


Civil Engineering - Cooperative Education

Honors Course

4300 497

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020


Numerous populations experience sudden, unexpected circumstances where drinking water supply may be compromised. Current leading response strategies include the delivery of disposable water bottles, a simple and effective way of meeting the demand of fresh drinking water. The lack of reusability results in problems with waste and cost. Any response to provide drinking water to a population in these circumstances must consider a prolonged crisis and these limitations: minimal delivery opportunities, power supply, and waste management (e.g., aftereffects of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico). A review of alternatives for water collection was done to determine a viable collection method that produces less waste and is reusable. The study revealed that water bottles are the most reliable strategy for providing drinking water immediately to a population of one or 200,000. It was determined that a strategy using wire mesh fog collectors are best for providing populations of 1 or 200,000 over sixty days. Fog collectors are not consistent and are reliant on optimal conditions but could be used in tandem with water bottle deliveries to meet potable water demands while producing less waste.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Teresa Cutright

First Reader

Dr. Stephen Duirk

Second Reader

Dr. Chris Miller

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Ping Yi



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