Universities to collaborate on potable water treatment plant in Honduras

A leading agricultural university in Latin America has teamed up with Cornell University to install a potable water treatment plant in Honduras...

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Dec. 13, 2011 -- Zamorano, a leading agricultural university serving Latin America, has teamed up with Cornell University in the United States to install a potable water treatment plant in Honduras. With nearby water threatened by subsoil movement, the plant will also serve as backup for campus water supply.

This collaboration represents an important research and development opportunity for both universities. It further cements Zamorano's reputation as a leading practical institution. With water a vital resource, the results of this work will be important and ongoing.

Visitors to the plant from Zamorano University included Mr. Francisco Alvarez, Professor in Agricultural Science and Production, Mr. Mario Leon-Gomez, Zamorano's architect, Mr. José Donaldo Chávez, Acting Director of the Physical Plant and Services, and Ms. Erika Tenorio and Dr. Luis Caballero, both professors in Socioeconomic Development and Environment.

Visitors from Cornell University were Dr. Len Lion, professor of Environmental and Water Chemistry, and Dr. Monroe Weber, from the Civil Engineering and Environment Department and Director of Cornell's AGUACLARA project. They gave a seminar to Zamorano students and professors on the construction of water treatment plants designed by Cornell University.

Included in the visit were staff members from the Non-Government Organization "Agua para el Pueblo," AGUACLARA's national counterpart for the construction of potable water treatment plants.

At the end of the visit, the parties agreed to work together to formalize ties of cooperation between Zamorano and Cornell.


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