Safe Water Optimization Tool receives recognition at 2022 Emergency Environmental Health Forum

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A Safe Water Optimization Tool (SWOT) developed at York University will earn some recognition at the Emergency Environmental Health Forum, May 18 and 19, when York MASc candidate Michael DeSanti delivers a presentation on the innovative project.

De Santi, a York graduate student at the Lassonde School of Engingeering and a member of the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, will discuss SWOT’s risk-based approach to generating chlorination guidance to ensure safe water in humanitarian settings.

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Developed and led by Dahdaleh Institute Research Fellow Syed Imran Ali, SWOT uses machine learning and numerical modelling to generate site-specific, evidence-based chlorination targets to ensure safe water for the entire duration of household storage and use at any field site. In his presentation, DeSanti will also outline how the team is developing the risk-based approach with web-based modelling tools. 

The 2022 Emergency Environmental Health Forum –held both virtually and in person in Budapest, Hungary – is the premier global forum for environmental health research in humanitarian emergencies. The theme of this year’s conference is “Climate change mitigation and adaptation in humanitarian WASH programmes.”

The forum will be held at the UNICEF GSSC office in Budapest, and online via zoom. Read more about the event.