Researcher studies limiting factors to safe drinking water

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In some urban areas of Malawi, 42 percent of households spend at least 30 minutes a day collecting drinking water. Almost all of the people collecting this water are women and children.

But  this water may not always be safe to drink. Many people suffer from waterborne diseases caused by drinking contaminated water.

Ellis Adams, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography at Michigan State University, examined how people get their water in poorer places in Malawi. He looked at water safety issues in urban and semi-urban areas of Blantyre and Lilongwe. His research could help identify gender dynamics and power structures around water supplies in Malawi.

Listen to the podcast here.

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