Between A Rock And A Hard Place: Surveys Of Groundwater Resources In Rural Tanzania

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Voices from the Field Brown Bag Speaker Series

Groundwater in Tanzania is a critical water resource that can sustain communities during dry seasons and improve health and education outcomes for community members. Large rural areas of Tanzania lack access to groundwater, frequently due to underproductive wells and non-functional pumps or distribution systems. Improved understanding of geology and groundwater monitoring could guide the installation of new, productive wells and the management of existing wells, but data are scarce. Audrey Sawyer and Zaina Hussein will describe factors hindering access to water and identify opportunities for improvements in groundwater information.

Wednesday, October 18, 12-1 pm

Enarson Classroom Building Room 160 on The Ohio State University campus

The event is free and open to the public, and participants are welcome to bring lunch and eat during the conversation. RSVP here.

About the speakers

Audrey Sawyer is an assistant professor in the School of Earth Sciences at The Ohio State University. Sawyer’s research is centered around the relationship between surface water and groundwater as well as the movement of objects and heat in water. Sawyer’s computation-heavy research methods include experiments that model water transport processes. Zaina Hussein is a Ph.D. student from the University of Dodoma in Tanzania and is currently a visiting scholar at Ohio State in the Sawyer lab. Hussein teaches undergraduate environmental engineering students at the university level in Tanzania.


If you can’t make it to the session, the talk will be live streamed and recorded. Streaming logistics: If you don’t have a university login, just enter as a guest. Your system should automatically download a flash plug-in that will allow Adobe Connect to run in your browser. Email Maureen Langlois with questions.

About the Series

The Voices from the Field Brown Bag Speaker Series is a collaboration between the Center for African Studies, the Global One Health initiative, and the Global Water Institute. Sessions are held Wednesdays from 12-1 in Enarson 160.

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Photo: A 2016 site assessment of over 40 villages with non-functioning water wells gave researchers such as Audrey Sawyer clues about the characteristics of the underlying rock–including its potential for sustainable use as a source of groundwater. Shown here: representatives from WorldServe International monitoring a borehole in the Tanzanian region of Rukwa in the 2016 survey sponsored by GWI.