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Title:Playing at the Spring
Author(s):Sadik, Nora
Subject(s):Environmental Engineering
Abstract:This image shows water spouting from a protected spring located in Luzira, a neighborhood in the city of Kampala, Uganda. As this water flows continuously and throughout the day, women and children in the community collect water in large clear and yellow jerry cans, soda bottles, and plastic cups for drinking, cooking and washing. Nearly every week for 8 months in 2014, a Ugandan student, Amina, and I visited 8 protected springs, 1 public tap, 1 lake, and 5 runoff streams in urban Kampala. We collected water samples and measured the water quality using small kits while the local children surrounded us and poked at our equipment. The objective of my research is to quantify water-related bacteria and viruses that cause human disease in developing urban centers. I'm interested in how climate and human activity influence water quality and disease transmission, and how understanding these connections may help scientists predict and prevent disease outbreaks. From stepping out of the lab and into Kampala, I was able to directly see what I hoped to contribute to the world: knowledge towards preventing disease through safe water.
Issue Date:2016-04
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Nora Sadik
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-04-15

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