CLEVELAND, OH -- Abanaki Corporation, the world leader in oil skimming technologies, in partnership with Pollution Engineering magazine, have become sponsors of the Engineers Without Borders student-run organization located at Case Western Reserve University.
EWB-Case was established in 2003 and is part of the larger worldwide group that was founded on the simple idea that every human being worldwide should have access to clean water and sanitary living conditions. The group comes together to engineer ideas and solutions for those who live in poor communities around the world. EWB has traveled to several countries and implemented sustainable engineering projects for the disadvantaged communities they visit.
The CWRU chapter has engineered and implemented a variety of clean water projects around the world, and Abanaki and Pollution Engineering will both fund and promote future projects undertaken by the chapter. Past CWRU initiatives have included:
- a filtration and storage system in Piang Luang, Thailand
- a gravity-fed water system for the village of Cruce de Blanco in the Dominican Republic
- a project in Batoula, Cameroon where the group has engineered and installed handpumps and biosand filters, as well as given lectures to the local children about proper hygiene practices. Additionally, the group has implemented a solar-powered well that will distribute water to centralized taps located in the village market.
Each of the group's projects take around five years to complete, and the projects are designed so that even after the group has left the ground, the local community will be left with the knowledge to operate the implementations with ease.
'There are about 780 million people worldwide who lack access to clean water,' noted Tom Hobson, Abanaki president. 'That's 2.5 times the population of the US alone, making this an incredible problem for the world to solve – together. We're so impressed with the Engineers Without Borders program and the passion these students bring to addressing this global crisis, and we're proud to support them in their efforts.'
Pollution Engineering, the leading publication covering pollution control industry and technologies, noted that individual initiatives such as those sponsored by EWB are vitally important to augmenting local government efforts to deliver clean water. PE will be writing and reporting on the EWB chapter's efforts during its projects this coming year.
'There are few initiatives that impact public health more than ensuring a stable supply of clean water,' said PE editor Roy Bigham. 'These students are bringing care water technology to villages around the world that are dramatically improved by EWB's efforts.'
Much of the funding for EWB global projects comes from alumni groups or outside corporations that sponsor a student or the group, donate equipment, or sponsor a particular project. 'The financial support we receive from Abanaki will not only be used to buy a simple solar panel in Cameroon or a shovel in the Dominican Republic,' said Nick Wietecha, student president of the EWB-CWRU chapter. 'It will be used to fund the health and culture of developing communities, support the very ideas of student leadership and global service, and finally, provide the opportunity for students to travel abroad to gain real world experience.'
About Abanaki Corporation
Abanaki, the world leader in oil skimmer products, manufactures a wide range of products to remove oils, greases, solvents, and related hydrocarbons from water. Skimmer models are available with removal rates ranging from 1 to 200 gallons per hour in both stationary and portable systems. Use of Abanaki equipment often allows water and oil to be recycled, thus avoiding contingent liabilities and costs associated with disposal. Besides off-the-shelf oil and grease skimmers, Abanaki supplies custom designed (turnkey) pollution control systems for a wide variety of applications. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Abanaki has served a global customer base in industries as diverse as iron and steel, wastewater, paper, food processing, automotive, environmental remediation, and recycling for more than 40 years. Today, under the corporate motto 'Clean Our World,' Abanaki continues to address pollution in industry through innovation, customer commitment, and environmental stewardship within its own operations.