Sanitation Networks in Developing Communities

EPA Grant Number: FP917283
Title: Sanitation Networks in Developing Communities
Investigators: Kaminsky, Jessica
Institution: University of Colorado at Boulder
EPA Project Officer: Zambrana, Jose
Project Period: September 1, 2011 through August 31, 2014
Project Amount: $126,000
RFA: STAR Graduate Fellowships (2011) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Academic Fellowships , Fellowship - Science & Technology for Sustainability: Green Engineering/Building/Chemical Products & Processes/Materials Development


This research targets the problem of the impacts of inadequate operations and maintenance for onsite wastewater treatment systems. By seeking to quantitatively understand how social networks impact wastewater infrastructure, this research will make a transformative contribution to environmental and public health protection. By targeting often-ignored developing (non-sewered) communities, this research directly will address pollutant emissions from the more than 26 million U.S. onsite systems.


This research uses social network analysis and case study methods to quantify mathematically, gendered social network characteristics and develop targeted training programs to improve onsite wastewater treatment system sustainability.

Supplemental Keywords:

sanitation, onsite wastewater treatment, developing communities, social network analysis

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2012
  • 2013
  • Final