Racial Disparities in Access to Municipal Water Service: Water Quality, Health Impacts and Costs

Racial Disparities in Access to Municipal Water Service: Water Quality, Health Impacts and Costs

November 28, 2018

Address

727 E. Tyler St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Location

Biodesign Institute, Auditorium

Date and Time

December 10, 2018, 11:00 am (Length: 1 hour 0 minutes)

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Jacqueline MacDonald-Gibson, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina

Over the last 100 years, installation of community water systems substantially decreased US waterborne diseases. However, throughout the South, some communities were excluded from these systems as a result of racial segregation, and some of the resulting disparities persist. The magnitude of exclusion risks, water quality in affected areas, health implications, and costs of connecting to nearby municipal water utilities are not well understood. This presentation will summarize five years of research to characterize the locations of affected communities, their drinking water quality, potential health risks, and costs of and barriers to extending municipal water service in Wake County, NC’s second-largest county by population and location of the state capital. The research has included analysis of tax parcel and census data, water quality testing, population intervention modeling using hospital emergency department data, development of preliminary engineering plans for extending municipal water pipes, open-ended interviews, and surveys.