Ball State team eyes tainted Mount Everest water

By The Associated Press | Posted - Oct. 1, 2014 at 2:00 a.m.



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MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A team of Ball State University researchers hopes to bring clean drinking water to a mountain village along a heavily traveled path to Mount Everest.

Ball State geological sciences professor Kirsten Nicholson is leading faculty, students and alumni in studying tainted groundwater in Khumjung, a 17,000-foot Nepalese village of about 900 people. She'll return to Nepal in October to conduct more water studies.

Nicholson says the region of Nepal near the world's tallest mountain peak lacks modern sanitation and water lines. Local residents collect their drinking water from streams and meltwater pools, putting them at risk of falling victim to waterborne diseases.

Nicholson's team plans to next seek funding to scout for areas to drill wells and bring clean water to the village.

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