News & Press Releases


Tapping Communities for Water Research

WHD researcher Alexandria Boehm featured in story about National Science Foundation-funded citizen scientists and engineers doing water quality monitoring.

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 Source: National Science Foundation
Fact-Checking Matt Damon's Clean Water Promise In A Super Bowl Ad

Can a $13 chalice provide clean water for five years? WHD faculty director Jenna Davis explains.

Published: Friday, February 2, 2018 Source: NPR
Surprising Sanitation Findings

Improving water, sanitation and hygiene in poor regions of Bangladesh helped overall health but, contrary to expectations, did not improve children’s growth and development, Stanford-led trial finds.

Published: Monday, January 29, 2018 Source: Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Jenna Davis on Why Policy Reform Can Do More for Clean Water Access Than Technology

WHD faculty lead Jenna Davis explains why cleaning up water sources could have measurable impacts on the economy of cities and countries.

Published: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Source: World Resources Institute
Beyond the Toilet

Jenna Davis, WHD faculty lead, on prioritizing waste management, not just ‘butts on toilets,’ to lower global diarrheal disease burden.

By Jenna Davis, WHD faculty lead   Should we rethink World Toilet Day? Don't get me wrong – raising awareness about the plight of the 2.4 billion people without a toilet is definitely a worthy...

Published: Thursday, November 9, 2017 Source: Water, Health & Development
Inspired by WHD - Sebastien Tilmans

As part of an ongoing series of WHD “alumni” profiles, we caught up with Sebastien Tilmans, director of operations at Stanford’s William and Cloy Codiga Resource Recovery Center (CR2C). Tilmans earned his Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford in 2015.

What kind of unique and / or powerful experiences did you have through WHD? Under the auspices of WHD, I worked in Haiti for one-and-a-half years to deploy a waterless sanitation service in a dense...

Published: Monday, October 2, 2017 Source: Water, Health & Development
San Diego Scrambles to Address Long-Festering Lack of Restrooms

How does lack of sanitation for a few in San Diego Hepatitis outbreak and elsewhere affect the health of many? WHD’s Jenna Davis explains.

Published: Monday, September 18, 2017 Source: Voice of San Diego
Toward Water Solutions

A new journal holds promise to advance water solutions. Water Security, published by Elsevier, will synthesize current knowledge, identify key knowledge gaps and promote constructive debates related to drivers and consequences of water security and insecurity, according to Jenna Davis, WHD faculty lead and sanitation and health section editor for the journal. “Given the importance of water security to planning and policy in many sectors, we intend to highlight challenges of and strategies for linking research to decision making and the world of practice,” Davis said.

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 Source: Water, Health & Development
Scaling Up a Solution

Point-of-collection water treatment holds potential to improve millions of lives

What if people in the world’s growing urban slums could affordably and easily access safe water? That’s the question WHD researchers seek to answer in Kisimu, Kenya, where they are evaluating an...

Published: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Source: Water, Health & Development
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Partners with WHD

When a major U.S. foundation decided to formulate a strategy for solving global water challenges, it enlisted WHD to help. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, which funds up to $30 million in water-...

Published: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Source: Water, Health & Development
DNA in wastewater could provide clues to help community health

With input from a WHD researcher, Stanford scientists are developing methods for monitoring of DNA in wastewater. This could enable early detection of disease and discovery of previously undetected pathogens.

By Ula Chrobak With every toilet flush, valuable information encrypted in DNA is lost. Wastewater may hold a wealth of insight for public health officials, and an interdisciplinary team of Stanford...

Published: Monday, December 12, 2016 Source: Stanford News Service
Study Finds Flaw in Global Effort to Mitigate Emissions

International mechanisms in which companies earn valuable credits for offsetting greenhouse gas output are subject to inaccurate self-reporting and need third-party monitoring, according to WHD-led research in Kenya.

A mechanism used as part of international efforts to reduce emissions has a potentially fatal flaw, according to a new study. A recent review of the way carbon offset credits have been used...

Published: Thursday, November 3, 2016 Source: Water, Health & Development
Inspired by WHD: Mia Mattioli

As part of an ongoing series of WHD “alumni” profiles, we caught up with Mia Catharine Mattioli, the Domestic Activity Lead for the Environmental Microbiology Lab at the Center for Disease Control...

Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Source: Water, Health & Development
Rethinking How to Assess Disease Risk in Child Behavior

Using U.S. data in assessment models of hand- and object-mouthing is likely to underestimate rates of exposure to diarrheal disease in low-income countries.

Every parent knows it: infants will put just about anything in their mouths. This mode of exploration has obvious drawbacks, one of which is exposure to disease risks. Current methods of quantifying...

Published: Thursday, October 6, 2016 Source: Water, Health & Development
New Approach to Sanitation May Help Fast-Growing Urban Areas Achieve SDGs

Eric Wilbern, a graduate student working with WHD, discusses container-based sanitation, a global sanitation solution pioneered by Stanford researchers and others.

Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Source: Wilson Center