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Historically, endemic and epidemic waterborne disease has been of major consequence in the overall national health status of the Dominican Republic. The biggest reason waterborne disease is so prevalent is insufficient access to potable water and sanitary facilities. 21% of the Dominican population still does not have access to improved water sources. This is where we step in.
We plan to pilot a water distribution structure that will ensure water is provided to the villagers of El Cercado, San Juan. The structure will house 2 water displacement pumps; a solar-powered pump and a manual foot pump. The solar powered pump will derive its power from the electricity provided by a photovoltaic panel mounted on the structure's roof or a marine battery which has stored the day's excess solar energy. The manual foot pump is a commercial-grade marine foot pump capable of pumping to the reservoir in case of emergencies. These pumps will feed into a common three-way valve to ensure only one method is in service at any given time.
In its initial phase, HIFA Pump is a large-scale good that will support the villagers of El Cercado, San Juan. After funding is utilized to successfully install the system in our first target area, our social innovation will be easily implemented in similar areas. The system supports other environmentally-friendly initiatives that will be implemented in Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering's planned trip back to the Dominican Republic in January 2015.