November 2018

How much will it cost to monitor microbial drinking water quality in sub-Saharan Africa?

INTRODUCTION


Measuring drinking water quality is essential for understanding the safety of drinking water supplies and for evaluating efforts to reduce contamination. Nevertheless, regulated monitoring programs in subSaharan Africa often struggle to achieve the testing levels specified by national standards. Because the financial requirements for water quality testing are poorly understood in many settings, the extent to which cost is a barrier to monitoring is unclear. To answer this question, Aquaya researchers and collaborators have recently published a study analyzing how much it would cost to monitor microbial drinking water quality according to the levels specified by the WHO Drinking Water Quality Guidelines:


Delaire, C., Peletz, R., Kumpel, E., Kisiangani, J., Bain, R., & Khush, R. (2017). How Much Will It Cost To Monitor Microbial Drinking Water Quality In Sub-Saharan Africa? Environmental Science and Technology 51:5869–5878.


This brief summarizes the results of their analysis.

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