Luis Ruuska | August 5, 2018
An article, co-authored by a researcher at the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD), which explores the results of a study on the quality of bagged sachet water in rural communities in Ghana, has been published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, a peer-reviewed journal published by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH).
The article, “”https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.17-0804" target="_blank">An Evolving Choice in a Diverse Water Market: A Quality Comparison of Sachet Water with Community and Household Water Sources in Ghana," was co-authored by Danice Brown Guzmán, a research associate at NDIGD, and Justin Stoler, an associate professor at the University of Miami. The research was funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), which awarded NDIGD a contract in 2013 to evaluate investments made by MCC in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) across rural Ghana between 2007 and 2012.
At the beginning of the article, Guzmán and Stoler note that there is a lack of existing data on the quality of sachet water outside of large urban centers in Ghana—a country with one of the highest sachet water consumption rates in the world—as well as at large. “Sachet water has become an important primary water source in urban centers,” explain the researchers in the article. “Rural Ghanaian communities are often secondary markets with higher distribution costs, thus cottage-industry producers often continue to operate with less competition, and unfortunately, less regulation, and quality control.”
The article focuses on the results of endline data collection completed in May 2015, during which the researchers visited 42 rural, peri-urban, and small-town Ghanaian communities and compared sachet water samples sold to these communities to local water samples from sources such as household rainwater tanks, public taps, standpipes, and boreholes.
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