June 14, 2012
Our Water Supply: Half Full or Half Empty?
Kellogg J. Schwab, PhD
Director of the JHU Global Water Program and the JHU Center for Water and Health
222 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
6 - 8.30 p.m.
What are the health, economic, ecological and geopolitical implications as water use and scarcity of safe drinking water continue to rise? Kellogg Schwab, PhD, an environmental microbiologist and director of the Johns Hopkins Global Water Program and the Center for Water and Health, will explore parallels between global water issues and water challenges in the Bay Area and along the Chesapeake Bay.
In the United States, we can drink tap water and use it to brush our teeth without getting sick (nearly 100 percent of the time). But in the developing world, inadequate water and sanitation is a leading cause of disease, malnutrition and child stunting. Today, more than two billion people lack access to adequate sanitation and millions go without piped water, public taps, protected springs, septic tanks and other basic services.
Johns Hopkins brings together a diverse team to meet these real-world problems, here at home and abroad. Our students and faculty are exploring evidence-based tools and products, including mobile-health technology, complex systems research, and agent-based modeling for policy planning and preparedness. Through research, we are helping create sustainable long-term water solutions.