A group of UT students and faculty will spend spring break building a kiosk to bring clean water to one Appalachian community.
From March 16 to 20, the UT team will join community volunteers to erect the building at Red Bird Mission in Clay County, Kentucky. The kiosk will produce clean, drinkable water—a resource that’s lacking in the county. The water will be piped from an adjacent municipal water source and supplied through dispensing arms built onto the kiosk.
The build is part of a UT interdisciplinary project to improve Clay County’s wellness and disaster readiness. The county ranks near the bottom for the state’s major health indicators, including obesity, infant mortality, and disability.
“We’re excited about the kiosk. It’s going to be a great addition to the area because there’s nothing like it now,” said John McRae, an architecture professor and one of the project’s leaders. “We see it as a prototype for other locations in the region that might have similar problems.”
Currently, many Clay County residents get their water from contaminated wells and streams. The kiosk could potentially serve about 9,000 families, McRae said.
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