Case student for clean water

Case student for clean water
Student pushes for clean water for children
Student pushes for clean water for children

A Case Western Reserve medical student is part of a group taking aim at a deadly global issue, an appalling lack of clean water.

Adam Tabbaa is a first year medical student at Case and his group, The Pure Water Access Project, is trying to make clean water a way of life worldwide.

Seven hundred and eighty million people all over the world lack access to clean water and people are dying, "It's hard to fathom that you're forced to give your child dirty water that more than likely will be getting them sick and potentially could be killing them," said Tabbaa.

The project brings water filtration units to under developed countries but it's main mission is research.  It is critical, Tabbaa feels, to find out why more than fifty percent of the well intentioned worldwide water projects are failing.

"There's a lot of issues, the filters aren't working anymore, the wells are dirty, people will break the filters or sell them for food. We're trying to fix and figure out why does that happen," said Tabbaa.

Tabbaa and his group started their work as undergrads at Ohio State and now they are reaching into Ohio's high schools to educate and motivate students to get involved.

Their next trip is to Peru in June where they've partnered with a non-profit to build more bio-sand filters and continue their research, "We still want them to go out, the church groups, whoever it may be, to go and deliver clean water.

We're just trying to do the research so that it can be done in a more efficient and sustainable way," said Tabbaa.

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