Delaware Students Spend New Year's in India Testing Toilets
Steven K. Dentel led a UD research team to India, studying sanitation systems. (Photo: UD)
NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Four University of Delaware students had an unconventional New Year's.
The school said Tuesday that the students traveled to India to test sanitation systems funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The students arrived to India Dec. 28 to test the "eco-vapor" toilet systems at homes in the cities of Kanpur and Puri. The systems use breathable mesh fabric to collect sewage in 55-gallon drums.
The university says two doctoral students and two undergraduates, led by civil and environmental engineering professors, are observing how the fabric performs under varying conditions of heat and humidity.
The school says the systems, designed by professor Steven Dentel, are a potential solution for people around the world who don't have adequate sanitation. The systems don't require connection to central water or sewage lines.