When the Flint, Michigan water crisis hit, data scientist Doll Avant was at Harvard researching the relationship between clean water and well-being. Despite all the media attention surrounding Flint, Avant was shocked to learn there are around 3,000 such tainted communities in the U.S.
“The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence now ranks water scarcity as a major threat to national security alongside terrorism,” says Avant. “Water scarcity is exacerbated by water contamination.” Dismayed by the numbers and motivated by her own father’s diabetes diagnosis — of which arsenic-heavy water can be a contributing factor towards — Avant dug into the research behind complications of contaminated water.
Author: Holly Beilin