ERG Professor Isha Ray on the Reality of Drinking Water Monitoring in Rural India
ERG professor Isha Ray recently co-authored and published her research paper, “The reality of water quality monitoring for SDG 6: A report from a small town in India” on IWA Publishing. The paper features their study of microbial water quality in a small town (Alibag) in India, and focuses on the weaknesses of water quality monitoring and testing infrastructure.
“We show the practical limitations of monitoring for fecal indicator bacteria to meet SDG 6… We find that even when water quality monitoring and testing infrastructure is in place, low institutional capacity and the pressure to not ‘fail’ the expected water quality standards can result in the failure to accurately report bacterial water quality,” the paper states.
Read the full research paper here.