WorldBankThe World Bank has organized an event about water quality testing that interested individuals may attend. Dr. Mark Sobsey is the speaker.

There are two ways to attend:

  • Via webinar, Meeting number: 737 146 512; Meeting password: CYmPQR3s; Join by phone: 1-650-479-3207.
    No pre-registration is required.
  • In-person at The World Bank in Washington, DC.

Additional attendance details are below. We encourage anyone involved in water, sanitation and hygiene to participate in this informative, helpful event!

Event Title

Water Quality Testing – Everything You Always Wanted to Know for Managing Water Safety


5 October 2016


1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time


Free for both attendance options

Event Description

Water quality is a universal concern – from lead pollution in Washington, DC and Flint, Michigan to fecal contamination in poor, developing countries. Water quality affects development across sectors – from public health to nutrition, from agriculture to social resilience, from environment to natural resources and poverty.

However, the wide array of possible contaminants, testing methods and treatment options can be bewildering to researchers and project managers alike.

This event is an opportunity to meet a renowned expert on water quality, Dr. Mark Sobsey from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Sobsey will present on the importance of microbial water quality analysis in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and highlight key water quality parameters from a health perspective. He will also review innovative, practical water quality testing methods in low resource contexts and discuss emerging, alternative water treatment methods.

The presentation will be followed by a short overview of recent applications of water quality testing in World Bank projects and research in Liberia, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The event will conclude with a question and answer session for you to ask everything you always wanted to know about water quality testing.

Attendance Information

Webinar: Click here to join meeting. Meeting number: 737 146 512; Meeting password: CYmPQR3s. No registration is required and all attendees use these access codes.

A recording of the webinar will be available to download after the event.

In-person: The World Bank, J-Building, 701 18th Street, Washington, DC 20433. Next to the large main building of the World Bank. View in Google Maps. Attendees must carry ID. RSVP to Max Hirn,



Dr. Mark Sobsey is an international authority in environmental health microbiology and virology and in water, sanitation and hygiene. He is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

A primary focus of his research is combining microbial detection of pathogens in water, food and environmental media with human health effects. Dr. Sobsey’s work quantifies disease risks and burdens, devises and evaluates interventions to reduce these risks, and uses this information to conduct risk assessments and inform policy decisions for risk management. In addition, Dr. Sobsey developed the Compartment Bag Test (CBT), a portable water quality test that detects potential health risks.


Aude-Sophie RodellaAude-Sophie Rodella is a Senior Economist in The World Bank’s Water Global Practice who has worked across Latin America and is currently leading research on poverty and water access in West and Central Africa.


Max HirnMaximilian Hirn is an Economist with the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program, and has worked on water related investment and research projects in Africa for the past six years.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Aude-Sophie Rodella, or Maximilian Leo Hirn,