Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Shumaker, Rachel Lincoln Author's Email Address email@example.com URN etd-07282017-103410 Title Perceptions of Water Quality in Southwestern Bangladesh Degree Master of Science Department Earth and Environmental Sciences Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Jonathan Gilligan Committee Member Steven Goodbred Committee Member Keywords
- Water Quality
- Bayesian Analysis
Date of Defense 2017-05-11 Availability unrestricted AbstractEarth and Environmental Sciences
Perceptions of Water Quality in Southwestern Bangladesh
Thesis under the direction of Professor Jonathan M. Gilligan
Increasing stress on Southwestern Bangladesh has raised concerns about the well-being of the many people living in rural villages living in this region. This has led researchers to focus on the primary source of stress: water quality and water scarcity. However, the dynamic nature of the land and people of Bangladesh require a more interdisciplinary approach when exploring perceptions of water quality access to safe drinking water is affected not only by the chemistry of the water, but also the politics governing access to water and the psychology of people’s perceptions of drinking water. Lack of reliable year-round drinking water sources, coupled with salinity, arsenic contamination, and conversion of paddy fields to shrimp farms all contribute to water scarcity in coastal regions of Bangladesh. In our study area, we found that most people do not have access to safe drinking water, regardless of social or economic status. Despite the poor quality of the drinking water, most people think their water tastes good, so there is a mismatch in perceptions of both taste and saltiness, and water quality. The perception of water quality is not affected by socio-economic status, religion, or gender, and water security remains a challenge even for the relatively well to do.
Jonathan Gilligan, Ph.D.
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