Aqua America Partners with Villanova to Improve Water Quality in Developing Countries

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Villanova students are pairing up with Aqua America experts to improve water access in developing countries. Photo courtesy of David Herrenbruck.

Water treatment experts from Aqua America will be lending their knowledge to developing countries through a new partnership with Villanova, writes Michelle Caffrey for the Philadelphia Business Journal.

The Bryn Mawr utility is linking its experts with students as it tries to improve access to better-quality water in countries that are struggling to overcome the lack of it.

“It’s a great opportunity for our engineers, our chemists, and our folks that work in the lab to mentor younger folks who may enter the water industry,” said Kimberly Joyce, Aqua’s director of public and legislative affairs.

The cooperation started in the spring, when Aqua experts gave out advice ranging from water pressure limits to solar-powered pumps to students. The new partnership will also give Villanova students the opportunity to receive financial support for their projects.

The connection will also help Aqua with its recruiting.

“Villanova is graduating highly professional engineers, and when we’re looking to fill those positions, it would be a great place to find them as they graduate,” said Joyce.

Read more about the partnership in the Philadelphia Business Journal by clicking here.

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