An all-female team of students from the Milwaukee School of Engineering's Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department won a sanitary sewer and wastewater treatment design competition sponsored by the Central States Water Environment Association.

Rachel Montavon of Maple was part of the team.

The challenge was to develop a water renewal facility for Monteverde, Costa Rica, as part of association's Global Water Stewardship, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing sanitation in the developing world.

The designs and presentations were judged by a delegation of elected officials, government staff and university professors from Costa Rica. The delegation visited Wisconsin and the Chicago area as part of an educational and knowledge-sharing experience focused on water and wastewater treatment methods and technologies.

As the winners, the team has the opportunity to continue to be involved with the project and join Global Water Stewardship professionals on a trip to the project site in Costa Rica in August.