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East Tennessee to Study Field Indicator for Water Safety in the U.S. and Rwanda

East Tennessee State University College of Public Health faculty members Dr. Megan Quinn, project investigator and assistant professor in the department of biostatistics and epidemiology, and Dr. Phil Scheuerman, co-project investigator and professor in the department of environmental health, have received funding to work with Ms. Beth O’Connell, a doctoral student in the department of community and behavioral health, to establish and evaluate a field-use indicator for biosand water filters (BSF). BSF are widely-used around the world to provide clean water in areas that lack local or municipal water treatment facilities. Using a combination of biologic and physical processes, BSF allow users to filter water through a column of sand that is covered by a naturally occurring biologically active layer known as a biofilm. Studies have suggested that BSF may be effective in removing bacteria, some viruses and many types of protozoa, and can reduce overall rates of diarrhea in families.