Leah Amstutz’ work focused on evaluating and making recommendations to several community based water systems in communities in El Salvador. These systems presently use chlorination as a method of water disinfection. However, a frequent complaint by the people in this communities is that the chlorine taste is too strong. Maintaining a stable level of chlorine that is adequate for disinfection, but not so high as to discourage the water’s consumption, has been difficult in some of these communities. Leah’s work looked at best practices for proper chlorination.
“I hope that my internship has helped to encourage the communities to continue chlorinating and that the suggestions I am developing can help the communities to better manage their water systems.” Leah says.