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Water quality challenges across the globe


The basic use of water in the lab can be a critical disparity, depending on where in the world the research is being conducted.

Africa faces unique challenges related to infrastructure that are typically unheard of in first-world territories: on any given day in this area of the world, people may travel for hours to obtain clean water. Often, water is not drinkable so the ability to conduct basic and translational research relies on an intense amount of due diligence related to the water source. If there is no access to clean water, a system to further treat the water will not yield pure water for the lab, and the advancement of sciences in these areas will be severely hindered. Expert consultation is critical to identify the tests to be performed as well as match the right water treatment system to the lab’s specific requirements in order to improve water quality. Learn more here

Only 61% of people in rural areas of developing countries us an improved water source*

In some developing countries, over 95% of wastewater is released into the environment without treatment*

Only 84% of the global rural population has access to improved drinking water sources**

* UN office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States accessed on May 15, 2019.
** World Health Organization: Water Sanitation Hygiene accessed on May 15, 2019.


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