An Inventive Sewage Solution

Houses built on a riverbank in Cambodia.

On a Cambodian river, houses surrounded by water present challenges for sewage treatment. 

 

Taber Hand (MA, Geography, 1983) is not a magician. When he demonstrates how certain plants can turn sewage into clean water, it may seem like magic, but it is science — and the inspiration for Wetlands Work! (WW!), a wastewater treatment enterprise Hand launched in Cambodia in 2009.

"I wanted to...be a helpful person with uncommon expertise," Taber Hand says of his work in Cambodia. "I feel that I’ve done that.”

Hand designs and builds wastewater treatment systems that harness the microbe-rich...

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