Water is essential for life, yet there are about 700 million people worldwide who lack access to clean water.
In a world where more people have access to a cell phone than a toilet, DGHI researchers are studying water quality in the household and how people handle, store and treat their water. They are also working with partners in places like India, Cambodia and Ethiopia to understand how people perceive water quality and their willingness to pay for cleaner water. Early research shows that while people may opt for cleaner water through filtration systems etc., the water can become recontaminated due to poor storage and handling practices.
Researchers are also studying water as it relates to climate change. They are assessing how climate change could alter local reliance on surface water sources for drinking water, and possible links between the prevalence of water-borne diseases and seasonal fluctuations in precipitation and water availability.