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Every week, the Global Water Magazine brings you new content, so check back here each week to find new articles.
 

Editors of Weekly posts

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Luke MacDonald
Assistant Director
Environmental Health Sciences
Founding Editor
lmacdona@jhsph.edu

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Betsy Denning
Administrative Coordinator
Environmental Health Sciences
Managing Editor
edenning@jhsph.edu

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Melissa A. Kenney
Editor
Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering
Research Scientist
m.a.kenneyphd@gmail.com

Articles in Weekly posts

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Households’ motivations for investing in multiple-use water services in rural Burkina Faso

In rural Burkina Faso, demand is high for wells that provide sufficient water for domestic and productive purposes. With assistance from Winrock International, well owners are investing in upgrades that will improve the quality, reliability, and quantity of their water supply. Through their investigation of the drivers that motivate households to invest, JHU researchers uncovered the unexpected role that women’s entrepreneurship plays in spurring demand for enhanced wells.

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From developed to developing country: Water and war in Iraq

In the American Journal of Public Health June 2013 issue, “The Maladies of Water and War: Addressing Poor Water Quality in Iraq” explores poor water quality, availability, and waterborne diseases throughout the 20th century in war-torn Iraq. To develop strategies on improving water in Iraq, scientifically relevant information was accrued and reviewed; these solutions may be used to improve water and reduce waterborne diseases in Iraq.

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Opinion

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Tapped Out

On July 30, seven states in Northern India went completely dark. A catastrophic power failure brought commerce and daily life to a complete halt. But that was not all. On a scorching hot summer day, the main water stations in New Delhi also shut down, leaving nearly 17 million people with dry taps.

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Opinion

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Of horses and water: is anyone learning from evaluations of WASH programs?

The WASH sector has struggled with the same failure issues for decades.  Do we need a different way to learn and adapt? 

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Notes from the field

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Relationship between diarrhea risk and community-scale water treatment and refill kiosks

In a  study that was conducted by GWP researcher, Dr. Laura Sima, and coauthors at Yale University, Prof Menachem Elimelech, Prof Mayur Desai and Dr. Katie McCarty, this study investigates the association between diarrhea risk and community-scale water treatment and refill kiosks. We present data from a longitudinal study of 1,000 randomly selected low-income households in urban and peri-urban Jakarta. We monitored daily diarrhea status and water source for 1,000 children aged one to four years in Jakarta, Indonesia, for up to five months.

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Notes from the field

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Dietary iron may flow from tubewells in rural Bangladesh

In rural Bangladesh, tubewells, the most common source for domestic water, often provide water naturally containing minerals, including substantial amounts of iron in some areas.  Recent research conducted at the JiVitA Project in rural north-west Bangladesh by researchers from Johns Hopkins University found that drinking iron-rich tubewell water can reduce the risk of iron deficiency by improving the body’s iron stores.

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Report

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Using the water footprint as a tool for sustainable appropriation of freshwater resources

Local production and consumption has global impact on freshwater resources. The water footprint is a powerful tool to evaluate the sustainability of production and consumption and to identify response strategies.

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Notes from the field

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Smart clouds and dumb phones: water treatment monitoring in a resource-limited setting

Geography and environmental engineering student Chris Kelley discusses the difficulties of monitoring water treatment in impoverished rural areas, as observed during a research trip to Honduras. A simple system for communication of water treatment data via SMS was designed to address these difficulties.

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Understanding the Water Landscape in Rural Zimbabwe

Zvitambo and the Global Water Program are working together to investigate associations between water point type, water quality, number of households served, and water infrastructure reliability using results from an extensive water source survey conducted in rural areas of two districts in Zimbabwe. 

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Opinion

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GDP Fetish, Irrigation Decline and Precarious Food Security in Contemporary China

China's irrigation system has deteriorated gradually in the past three decades, plagued by a growing number of malfunctioning facilities and worsening water problems in rural areas. This article argues that the decline of irrigation in China is mainly derived from its marginal position in the Chinese economy, which has been oriented towards pursuing rapid GDP growth over the last three decades at the expense of irrigation and agriculture. 

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