Jooyoung “Paul” Park L&S Sciences
Microbiological Contamination in Local Water Sources and Related Waterborne Illnesses in Rural Tanzania
The human right to water is indispensable for leading a life in human dignity. It is a prerequisite for the realization of other human rights
-UN Economic and Social Council General Comment No. 15
Although the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to reduce by half the number of people without access to improved sources of water by the year 2015 was supposedly met in 2010, about 748 million people around the world, especially in rural areas, are still without improved clean water sources. For my research project, I will be working with the non-profit African Immigrants Social and Cultural Services (AISCS) on assessing microbial contamination level in different water local sources and characterizing prevalence of related waterborne diseases such as diarrhea among the local population. The collected data and geospatial analysis will try to not only establish safer locations for drinking water precedence in the case of differential microbiological contamination level in different sources, but also set precedence future research on possible treatment options and establish future plans and strategies for building additional, suitable water infrastructure in Shirati.