November 2016

Drinking water is not sufficiently tested for microbial contamination in sub-Saharan Africa


On the 25th of September 2015, the member States of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a target of universal and equitable access to safe and affordable water for all by 2030. Water quality data is essential for both guiding and measuring progress towards this ambitious objective. To clarify how water quality data is currently collected in sub-Saharan Africa, MfSW researchers have recently published an in-depth analysis of regulated monitoring activities:

Peletz, R., Kumpel, E., Bonham, M., Rahman, Z., & Khush, R. (2016). To What
Extent is Drinking Water Tested in Sub-Saharan Africa? A Comparative Analysis of Regulated Water Quality Monitoring. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(3), 275.

This brief summarizes the results of their analysis.

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