Identifying and Solving Problems in Developing World Water Supplies: From the Molecular to the Field Scale

Greater than one billion people live without daily access to clean drinking water.  Indeed, the lack of clean drinking water has been linked to most major causes of death in the developing world.  Here we will make those connections and describe types and expressions of contamination.  We will follow our discussion with examples of the complexities of root causes for contamination and end with possible solutions.  SMU field research examples were gathered from Cambodia, Bangladesh, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda.

Andrew QuicksallDr. Andrew N. Quicksall is the J. Lindsay Embrey Trustee Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at SMU.  He holds a joint appointment between the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering and the Huffington Department of Earth Sciences.  His research interests are elemental partitioning between solids and solutions, mechanisms of toxic metal sequestration, and developing world water supplies.  He recently submitted a report to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on water quality issues and remediation recommendations for representative countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. 

Dr. Quicksall received his Ph.D. from Dartmouth College and held a Visiting Assistant Professor position at the University of Notre Dame before joining SMU in the summer of 2010.

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