What began as Tricia Compas-Markman’s thesis at CalPoly has become a major, viable breakthrough in disaster relief. After the world had seen a tsunami hit Japan and Katrina hit the states in 2005, the then civil engineering student began exploring methods for quicker and more efficient means of delivering clean water to victims of disaster. She knew Proctor & Gamble had created a robust water-purifying system in a portable powder, yet gathering and transporting the water to those in need remained a challenge. “We didn’t reinvent the wheel,” Compas-Markman said of the Day One Response bag she created. “But we did make delivering clean water more efficient in a disaster situation.”
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