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Point of Use (POU) Water Treatment Systems for Improving Sustainability and Environmental Justice in Colonias of the Paso del Norte Region

Principal Investigator: Dr. W. Shane Walker

UTEP and NMSU are collaborating on a $500,000 research project aimed at identifying environmentally and technically feasible water treatment techniques that are economically viable and socially acceptable to residents of colonias. The goals of this proposed research are to: (1) study the feasibility and sustainability of point of use (POU) water treatment technologies as tools to comply with U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) regulations, and (2) to demonstrate implementation of POU water treatment systems for rapidly mitigating environmental, social, and economic challenges faced by colonias due to unsanitary drinking water and violations of environmental justice.


The University of Texas at
El Paso
Kelly Hall, Room 208
500 W. University Ave
El Paso, TX 79968