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A woman and her sick child wait to be seen at the International Buddhist Society free clinic in Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.
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A woman and her sick child wait to be seen at the International Buddhist Society free clinic in Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.
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Photo / Donna Coveney
A young boy drinks polluted water from the village pump. This tube well's water has microbial contamination.
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A young boy drinks polluted water from the village pump. This tube well's water has microbial contamination.
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Photo / Donna Coveney
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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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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Photo / Donna Coveney
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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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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Photo / Donna Coveney
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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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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Photo / Donna Coveney
MIT student Tommy Ngai gathers results from the filtration unit he made to remove arsenic from well water in Parasi.
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MIT student Tommy Ngai gathers results from the filtration unit he made to remove arsenic from well water in Parasi.
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Photo / Donna Coveney
Women in Mahilwari sing to show their gratitude for efforts to clean the water.
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Women in Mahilwari sing to show their gratitude for efforts to clean the water.
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Photo / Donna Coveney

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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