Below is a link to a presentation by Steve Luby and he welcomes comments about the presentation. Comments can be made at the end of this post.
Household Water Treatment: A failed public health strategy? Steve Luby, MD presentation at University of California, Berkeley Environmental Engineering Seminar September 7, 2012.
Excerpts from the presentation:
Barriers to Household Water Treatment
- Very low demand for improved water quality, especially among the poor
- The children who suffer most from waterborne disease are the poor
- The poor are those who are least able to afford to purchase products to treat their water.
- Is household water treatment a failed strategy?
- Is it a fundamentally bad idea to expect the poorest people in the world to set up a personal water treatment facility in their home?
Water will continue to be contaminated with sewage in low income countries
- Water demand is increasing
- Water supply is reducing
- Intermittent supply ==> contaminated supply
Point of use water treatment
- Technically effective
- Controversy over health impact
- Low uptake in populations at greatest risk of death
- Radical improvement of POU
- With early consideration of uptake
- Focus on system interventions