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Lotus Water: Safe Water Solutions for Developing Cities

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Funding Year: 2015

Research Areas: Freshwater

Regions: Asia

The Lotus Water project, advised by Jenna Davis and Steve Luby, provides solutions for the more than 500 million people living in cities of the developing world who have piped water service but receive water that does not meet international standards for safety. Lotus Water envisions a new paradigm for water disinfection in low-income urban areas, one in which water treatment occurs automatically, at the point of collection. This approach to water treatment employs technologies that deliver high quality water on a reliable basis, with virtually no behavior change required on the part of users. By employing business strategies that target owners of shared water points in low-income urban areas, Lotus Water aims to provide reliable and affordable disinfection services for those communities most at risk of waterborne illness.

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Principal Investigators:

Jenna Davis, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment

Stephen Luby, Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute and the Freeman Spogli Institute and Professor, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology)

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