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Philippine Slum Sludge Clean Up

Using rainwater to produce and store energy for future storm relief efforts, as well as sustaining a healthy and clean environment.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

The slums in Philippine do not have street infrastructure and every time the seasonal cyclones formed by the Ocean hits the island, the slums are overrun with sludge and uncollected garbage from the dirt pathways. As climate change make the rainstorms more erratic and destructive, the slums have to have a resilient storm water and electricity system in place to buffer the damage and prepare for the next big hit. The storm drain system design will use native plants to condense loose dirt and absorb excess water in efforts to prevent clogging. The storm drains will run throughout the whole slum and be collected at hydro-turbine stations removed from the dense populace at the edge of town. The slums will be cleaner and promote hygienic health among the residents.

WHO BENEFITS?

The idea beneficiaries are slum residents. This idea will provide residence clean and renewable energy to have heat at night. It will improve their living conditions by eliminating the dirt in the allies. They have access to clean water by using the pure water from the storms. Terraced contracted wetland reduce the pollution. This idea will implemented in Philippine in Manila. This idea can be implemented in other countries where there are a frequent storm such as slums in Bangladesh.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

Our idea is to help the people living in the slums of Madagascar better cope with and decrease the damage and aftermath of a tragic storm. In case a storm devastates a community, we plan to implement a back up generator so that electricity is available in times of need. In order to maintain a system like this, we would need to design a way to keep all the trash out of it as well, so in doing so we would be helping to keep the community cleaner and health friendly. With the conditions of storms around coastal countries becoming more and more destructive because of climate change, it is important to have resources in reserve to use during relief efforts in slum communities.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Not yet

EXPERTISE

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for less than one year

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • Yes

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Engineering club in Berkeley City College.

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