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STANFORD—Rural farmers in sub-Saharan Africa live under risky conditions. Many grow low-value cereal crops that depend on a short rainy season. A lack of rain can trap them in poverty and hunger. Reliable access to water could change the farmers’ perilous situation. Stanford scientists are calling for investments in small-scale irrigation projects and hydrologic mapping [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Faulty septic systems have long been blamed for polluting some of California’s most popular beaches. Yet few scientific studies have established a direct link between septic systems and coastal contamination. Now, in the first study of its kind, Stanford University researchers have tracked a plume of polluted groundwater from a septic system [...]

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Few of us have anything good to say about wastewater. Once we’ve flushed the toilet or rinsed our hair, the used water simply disappears, never to be thought of again. But Craig Criddle has a different perspective. “Instead of thinking about wastewater in the negative sense all of the time, let’s think about what resources [...]

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