Bangladesh—a country just east of India on the Bay of Bengal—is known for its lush, tropical environment and extensive river system. It’s capital, Dhaka, is the tenth largest city in the world and travel by boat and Rickshaw is a common way to get around town. While the waterways are an inviting lure to this populated city, water is also the source of many diseases, particularly in Dhaka’s crowded slums. Here, sewage can seep into low-pressure, old, leaky pipes that transport the town’s drinking water, exposing residents to harmful bacteria and viruses.
The research team includes 2009 Presidential Fellow, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, and current Stanford Research Associate Amy Pickering.