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...