Water quality monitoring in Sub-Saharan Africa

Prior to joining UMass, I was a Senior Research Scientist at the Aquaya Institute where I was based in Nairobi, Kenya. While there, I contributed to the Monitoring for Safe Water (MfSW) program run by Aquaya to explore how to strength regulatory water quality monitoring systems in sub-Saharan Africa. The list below includes publications that resulted from that work.  Most of these also have accompanying research briefs published by Aquaya.

The Aquaya Institute is continuing to do their great work to understand how to better strengthen monitoring systems across the continent. Check out their page for more information.

How do we Achieve Successful Regulatory Monitoring?

  • Peletz, R., J. Kisiangani, M. Bonham, P. Ronoh, C. Delaire, E. Kumpel, S. Marks, R. Khush (2018). Why Do Water Quality Monitoring Programs Succeed or Fail? A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Regulated Testing in sub-Saharan Africa. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health doi:10.1016/j.ijheh.2018.05.010 | online
  • Delaire, C., R. Peletz, E. Kumpel, J. Kisiangani, R. Bain, R. Khush (2017). How much will it cost to monitor microbial drinking water quality in sub-Saharan Africa? Environmental Science and Technology, 51 (11), pp 5869–5878. | online | Research Brief

What is the State of Regulatory Monitoring in sub-Saharan Africa?

  • Kumpel, E., R. Peletz, M. Bonham, and R. Khush (2016). Assessing drinking water quality and water safety management in sub-Saharan Africa using regulated monitoring data. Environmental Science & Technology, 50(20):10869-10876. doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b02707. | online | Research Brief (English) | Research Brief (French)
  • Peletz, R., E. Kumpel, M. Bonham, Z. Rahman, and R. Khush (2016). To what extent is drinking water tested in sub-Saharan Africa? A comparative analysis of regulated water quality monitoring. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13 (3). | online | Research Brief (English) | Research Brief (French)

How to Monitor Better

  • Taylor, D.J., R. Peletz, R. Khush, E. Kumpel (2018). Efficacy of Microbial Sampling Recommendations and Practices in sub-Saharan Africa. Water Research, 134, pp 115-124. | online
  • Murray, A., E. Kumpel, R. Peletz, R.S. Khush, D.S. Lantagne (2017). The effect of sodium thiosulfate dechlorination on fecal indicator bacteria enumeration: Laboratory and field data. Journal of Water and Health 7(4). DOI: 10.2166/washdev.2017.071 | online
  • Misati, A., G. Ogendi, R. Peletz, R. Khush, and E. Kumpel (2017). Can Sanitary Surveys Replace Water Quality Testing? Evidence from Kisii, Kenya. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(2). doi:10.3390/ijerph14020152. | online | Research Brief 
  • Kumpel, E., R. Peletz, M. Bonham, A. Fay, A. Cock-Esteb, and R. Khush (2015). When are mobile phones useful for water quality data collection? An analysis of data flows and ICT applications among regulated monitoring institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 12 (9), 10846–10860. | online | Research Brief (English)Research Brief (French)