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Earth and atmospheric sciences faculty member honored for building water systems in Africa

Contact: Gary H. Piatek


Central Michigan University’s Wendy Robertson, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, has been honored for helping to provide clean and sustainable drinking water systems in east Africa.

The U.S. chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists presented her with its 2018 International Service Award for her eight years of work with Well Aware, an international nonprofit that provides drinking water systems in areas where water is scarce.

Robertson, as lead hydrogeologist, has been instrumental in successfully providing clean and sustainable water systems for 52 communities and more than 220,000 people in east Africa in great need, the group said in a news release.

“Her commitment, technical expertise and willingness to work extensively on the ground directly with benefiting communities (taking numerous trips to east Africa) is a major reason why Well Aware boasts a 100 percent project success rate,” the realease said, adding that many other water systems installed by nonprofits fail within a year.

Robertson received the award at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Nov. 6.


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