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M. Gordon Wolman Seminar: Science and Technology Advances for Safe Global Water

M. Gordon Wolman Seminar Series

Presented jointly by the JHU Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering and the JHU Global Water Program

Professor Benito Mariñas

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3 p.m. Tuesday April 17, 2012

Ames 234, JHU Homewood Campus



The Millennium Development Goal Target of reducing by half the portion of people without sustainable access to safe water supply and effective sanitation by 2015 will not be achieved at the current rate of progress.  More than 800 million people will not have access to “improved” water supply, and 2.4 billion people will lack adequate sanitation.  Lack of access to “safe” water is a global challenge requiring the development of revolutionary technologies, and the creation of human resources capacity to scale-up and operate the technologies sustainably.  This challenge can be addressed with revolutionary advances in water quality technology and related fundamental science, and the development of sustainable, systems capable of producing affordable, robust and reliable supply of safe drinking water to impoverished people worldwide.  Such systems could integrate novel sensors that detect infective pathogens, robust treatment processes that destruct and/or remove these contaminants without producing toxic by-products.  These developments should be paralleled by building the capacity of human resources, developing microeconomic infrastructure, and facilitating acceptance by society.