Aquaya’s research and development initiatives address two fundamental questions of safe water and sanitation delivery:
1) How can we strengthen the collection and application of data?
2) Can local entrepreneurship fill gaps in underserved areas?

Data Collection and Application

Accurate information is important for evaluating service delivery, improving efficiencies, and targeting resources.  Water sector data, however, are limited in much of the developing world. The objectives of our research are to develop and apply appropriate technologies and best practices that support the integration of data into water management programs.

Strengthening local capacity for water safety management

African Water Association Task Force on Water Quality Monitoring

Monitoring for Safe Water

Why doesn't microbial water quality testing meet regulatory standards in many countries?  


How can appropriate technologies expand microbial water quality testing?

Local Empowerment

Small-scale businesses often provide innovative and effective solutions to fill gaps in public services. We study examples of local entrepreneurship in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. We also administer WASH research internship and fellowship programs to empower African researchers with the tools to address Africa’s WASH challenges.

Our goals are to identify the factors that promote local solutions and the strategies that will expand their reach among lower income groups.

AquayaLearn: Leading an Empowered African Research Network

AquayaLEARN was launched in 2014 to inspire African students to tackle the water and sanitation challenges facing their continent.

Water Treatment & Vending

Why are water treatment and vending businesses proliferating in Southeast Asia and Latin America?

Consumer Preferences for Household Water Treatment

How do low-income families select water treatment products?

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