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This website is for potential research participants, research partners, partner organizations, university partners, and community partners to learn about the work being conducted for this research. Our information is shared here with the hope that we can initiate more collaborative efforts to study rural water quality with like-minded and passionate individuals.
The Appalachian Water Research Exchange is an interdisciplinary team of researchers, advisors and community partners who are interested in investigating rural water quality. Our goal is to co-create knowledge with communities and share this knowledge to improve rural water quality. As part of our seed funding from The Sustainability Institute at The Ohio State University, we have started with a small pilot project in Scioto County, and look forward to expanding to other communities in the future.
The study involves an interview with cognitive mapping activity, survey, and water quality sampling and testing. Our current goal is to interview 40 individual households within Scioto County, OH that are served by the Northwest Regional Water District. We will use the data shared by individuals, obtained from water testing, and the survey to create a systems model that will be used to identify important factors that affect water quality at the tap and individuals’ perception of water quality. We are using a systems modeling approach because water quality to address the interdisciplinary challenges surrounding water quality and water system management. We recommend this article to learn more about water in Appalachia.
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