World Toilet Day Nov. 19
World Toilet Day is Nov.19 and this year's theme is Wastewater, a key research initiative at the Berkeley Water Center. See our research and projects centered around wastewater, sanitation and toilets.
Gadgil Recognized with Social Justice Award
Ashok Gadgil, BWC Faculty and Senior Faculty Scientist at Berkeley Lab, has been recognized as a Social Design Circle honoree for 2017 by the Curry Stone Design Prize. The prize awards innovative projects that use design to address pressing social justice issues.
Cal Future Forum: Our Changing World
Responding to the global impacts of human activity, UC Berkeley and the Berkeley Lab have long been leaders in the research needed to understand and respond effectively to humanity's global environmental impact. See BWC leaders share their thoughts.
Spotlights
Will Tarpeh
The Sanitation and Urban Agriculture Nexus

Separately collected urine is an attractive potential fertilizer because of its high nutrient content, low cost, and inherent linkage of urban wastewater management and peri-urban agriculture. Will Tarpeh writes about experiments and modeling results in São Paulo, Brazil.

Chris Hyun
The Pope and Sanitation

Berkeley water PhD student Chris Hyun looks at what the pope says about sanitation. Why? There are about 1.4 billion people without access to proper sanitation. There are about 1.1 billion Catholics in the world. If every Catholic follows what the pope orders in this encyclical, it would go a long way to fixing our sanitation problems.

Jack Colford
SODIS to Reduce Childhood Diarrhoea in Rural Bolivia

Solar drinking water disinfection (SODIS) is a low-cost, point-of-use water purification method that has been disseminated globally. Laboratory studies suggest that SODIS is highly efficacious in inactivating waterborne pathogens. Previous field studies provided limited evidence for its effectiveness in reducing diarrhoea.