Twenty-one UC Berkeley students, faculty, and researchers presented at the Bay Area International Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Symposium held on April 15th at Stanford University.

The annual conference brings together the UC Berkeley, Stanford, and UC Davis WASH communities to share findings and develop ideas for further research. It takes advantage of the large and supportive community of researchers in the area and, since its start, the conference has expanded both in the number of participants and the topics covered. The schedule this year included two presentations on domestic drinking water issues in California’s Central Valley (Berkeley’s Sara Glade, CEE, and Seigi Karasaki, ERG).

Presentations were arranged into four sessions covering: waste management, reuse, and resource recovery; chemical water quality and treatment and behavioral interventions; water supply planning and policy; and pathogen detection and exposure assessment. Berkeley students presented diverse and innovative research including testing steps for nitrogen recovery from source-separated urine (Will Tarpeh, CEE), evaluating a mobile alert service for water supply in India (Chris Hyun, ERG, with Assistant Professor Alison Post, Political Science), understanding sanitation flows in Nairobi slums (Alice Sverdlik, City & Regional Planning), and a review of boiling for sustainable water treatment in low- and middle- income countries (Alasdair Cohen, ESPM). Next year’s conference will be held at UC Berkeley.