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Freshwater and Sanitation

Kate Brauman measures rainwater run-off on Hawai'i. Courtesy of Kate Brauman.

Far too many people in the world cannot take access to clean water for cooking, washing, and cleaning for granted. As cities grow, agriculture expands, and climate changes, freshwater is becoming an increasingly threatened resource, resulting in widespread human conflict, suffering, and sickness. E-IPER students pursue opportunities to study hydrological changes in water availability, to track new water policies and infrastructure projects, and to uncover new business and legal opportunities to secure clean water and sanitation for communities around the world.  

How does the type of land cover - pasture vs. forest - affect the downstream freshwater availability in Kona, Hawai'i? — Kate Brauman

Does a new law allowing neighbor-to-neighbor water selling increase access to piped water in urban neighborhoods in Maputo, Mozambique? — Valentina Zuin

What can studying women and children in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania tell us about keeping household water resources clean and safe and can reducing childhood diarrheal diseases? — Amy Pickering

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