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In the United States, we usually don’t have to worry about having enough clean water to drink, or whether or not the waste we produce is dealt with in a way that doesn’t make us sick. But while we’re able to take these things for granted, billions of people in the world don’t have access to clean water and effective sanitation, leading to problems like chronic malnutrition and outbreaks of deadly disease.

Goals like clean water are clear enough, but how can they be achieved in areas that don’t have—and can’t afford—reliable electricity, or sewer systems and water treatment centers? That’s where Engineers Without Borders-USA comes in. EWB is an organization dedicated to using science and engineering to assist disadvantaged communities around the world. Andrew Sander and the University of Minnesota chapter of EWB are helping people get what they need to live, now. They’re engineering a better future.