In the developing world, over 783 million people are without access to clean drinking water. However, despite well-intended efforts, intervention attempts to lower these statistics have proven highly unsuccessful. Studies have shown that more than 30% of rural water projects (water systems, wells) fail between three and five years following construction. Currently, approaches to plan and evaluate the sustainability of rural water projects in developing countries are reductionist, and thus, do not consider, interpret and adapt to the dynamic interactions of technical, social, financial, institutional, and environmental factors that often influence project success or failure. In order to create sustainable solutions to water poverty, the systemic and dynamic complexities must be considered. Thus, this research will create a system dynamics based methodology to better understand the dynamic factors that affect sustainability that will be used to analyze long term functionality of rural water services in developing countries.  Read more...

Research by:  Professor Paul ChinowskyAssistant Professor Amy Javernick-Will, and student Jeff Walters (PhD in 2015)