1 in 3 people in the world do not have access to clean drinking water. This is one of the many factors that has led to the extreme poverty experienced by 70-80% of residents in Lobitos and Piedritas.
We propose to install a desalination plant as a solution to the lack of access to clean water. The plant would create sufficient clean water to meet the needs of the residents and tourists, while being sustainable with a minimal negative impact on the environment.
Access to safe water has direct links to sustainable development in many regards. The United Nations considers access to clean water one of the key pillars of the sustainable development goals. Sustainable development goal 6 is the most interconnected goal; improved access to Water, sanitation and hygiene aids education, economic growth, poverty reduction, health and more. There is no doubt that investment into the installation and running of the desalination plant will see benefits in all aspects of life and will be a catalyst for the sustainable development of Lobitos and Piedritas.
By Florence Hockaday, Kiran Patel, Shugo Kithara, Justin Yu Yang
Engineering for People Design Challenge (Group 66) (1)