Water and International Development

The Water and International Development (WAID) research focus area comprises efforts to develop and advance practical, affordable, and sustainable solutions to meet basic human needs, improve public health, and enhance quality of life. In particular, it aims to address the global water and sanitation crises through iterative, human-centered engineering innovations that support access to safe drinking water, effective sanitation systems, and successful hygiene practices. Research in this area investigates the interactions between civil and environmental engineering, public health, social institutions, cultural practices, and economic prosperity, and it works to advance the design of sustainable, scalable, and reproducible solutions to global environmental quality issues.

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