|The vision of the Water Institute at UNC is to bring together individuals and institutions from diverse disciplines and sectors and empower them to work together to solve the most critical global issues in water and health.|
We recently completed the pilot of our Water Safety Plans distance learning course. We are launching the course in August and registration is now open. The cost for the 10-week course is $195 for IWA members and $250 for non-IWA members from developed or middle-income countries and $95 for IWA members and $125 for non-IWA members from low-income countries.
In addition to our annual Water and Health Conference, we’ll be hosting two new conferences in 2014.
The Water Institute at UNC is recruiting an Associate Director for Research who will guide the Institute’s research efforts and work alongside Water Institute faculty, researchers, students and staff. Requirements include a doctoral degree in public or environmental health or a related field, a minimum of five years of experience and expertise that aligns with one or more of our WaSH focus areas.
Progress in achieving access to basic water services has been uneven. The research team investigates which factors, including aid, had a strong influence – why some countries made good progress during the Millennium Development Goals and why others have not.
How Safe Are Improved Sources? Water Quality and Sanitary Risk in Low and Middle Income Countries (WaterAid)
Many studies have shown that not all improved sources of drinking-water are "safe." The project will review evidence for technology classifications as a means to judge safety in global reporting. We will compare compliance with health guidelines and levels of sanitary risk for different types of improved and unimproved sources as well as analyzing differences both between and within countries.
Changes to the UNC Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (MSEE) degree have been made to include more focus on engineering practice to complement the research focus of degree. The main changes are in the format of the Technical Report, which are designed to (1) address more directly the demands of engineering practice, and (2) permit completion of the degree within a year. Students may be admitted to the MSEE degree program if they have completed an undergraduate curriculum in engineering from an ABET-accredited program or from a foreign institution with an equivalent program. For further information on the revised MSEE degree, contact Professor Pete Kolsky, director of the MSEE program.
Investigation on Impacts of Climate-related Hazardous Events on Drinking Water and Sanitation Coverage
With continuing support from Wallace Genetics Foundation, a team of researchers from the Water Institute is developing a novel methodology to determine the vulnerability and preparedness of global drinking water systems to climate-related hazardous events. Vulnerability assessments for all countries will be finalized for drinking water and these methods will also be applied to score and rank the vulnerability of global sanitation systems to climate change.
With support from National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a team of researchers from the Water Institute will explore and report on the feasibility of an exploratory project in North Carolina to identify the impacts of introducing Water Safety Plans in small municipal and private water supply systems.
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