DNA in wastewater, scaling up a solution...
Winter / Spring 2017

DNA in Wastewater

Searching for health insights in wastewater

Related to World Water Day wastewater theme, WHD researcher looks at pathogens in sewage to speed up disease tracking.


Winning with Water

Funding Awarded to Revitalize Urban Slums

WHD researcher part of project to transform water infrastructure, water management and sanitation practices in urban slums. 


Scaling Up a Solution

Potential to improve millions of lives

WHD researchers test new paradigm for water treatment in Kenya as part of innovative product development alliance.

Influential Foundation Partners with WHD
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, which funds up to $30 million of projects a year, reached out to WHD for help establishing a new paradigm for safe, affordable, financially viable water delivery service systems in the developing world. Read more...

What We're Reading

The cost of a polluted environment: 1.7 million child deaths a year, says WHO

Reports from the World Health Organization chart the toll of environmental risks such as unsafe water, lack of sanitation and inadequate hygiene.
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In Print

Can Sanitary Inspection Surveys Predict Risk of Microbiological Contamination of Groundwater Sources? 

Paper coauthored by WHD researcher Stephen Luby suggests sanitary inspections do not sufficiently characterize microbiological water quality in rural Bangladesh tubewells, and the dominant contamination route for shallow groundwater short-circuits at the wellhead.
The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene / March 2017
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Escherichia coli contamination of child complementary foods and association with domestic hygiene in rural Bangladesh

An analysis coauthored by WHD researchers Laura Kwong, Amy Pickering and Stephen Luby confirms importance of domestic hygiene practices in reducing fecal contamination of child complementary foods.
Tropical Medicine & International Health / Feb. 24, 2017
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Working with partners in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, Stanford researchers with the Program on Water, Health & Development (WHD) are identifying ways to improve and increase the sustainability of water supply and sanitation service delivery, while also enhancing capacity for sustainable water and wastewater management in developing countries.  WHD is a program of the Stanford Woods Institute of the Environment. Learn more at
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