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OU WaTER Center researchers providing solutions in developing countries
Date:5/19/2010

or at the Tar Creek cleanup site.

"The solutions developed here can be applied in these countries," remarks Sabatini. OU researchers are studying the redistribution of water resources as a result of climate change; the removal of arsenic and fluoride from ground water; and water contamination and cleanup methods.

Population growth is the leading contributing factor where current or potential water shortages are concerned. Norman and other cities in the state are tackling these same types of concerns. The difference is technology to treat water so that it is clean and safe. "We are finding solutions that will work in countries that need them," says Sabatini.

"In the United States, we take water for granted," laments Sabatini. "We turn on a faucet, and water comes out. But in developing countries where people walk for miles each day to bring water to their families, water is precious. They won't even use it to wash their hands."

Water and sanitation are key components for good health and a better quality of life. Unlike other scarce resourcesenergy, for instance, there are no alternatives for clean water. Ultimately, the OU WATER Center is working to bring clean, safe water supplies to the poorest countries in the world.


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Contact: Jana Smith
Jana.smith@ou.edu
405-325-1322
University of Oklahoma
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