About Me

NextDrop_Big-Ideas-2011-42_JPGI am a Senior Research Scientist at the Aquaya Institute and am based in Nairobi, Kenya. I conduct research on water quality, reliability, and access in developing countries. 

I received my PhD from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, where I was advised by Kara Nelson.

Current Research

  • Regulatory water quality monitoring systems in sub-Saharan Africa: Data collection patterns, information flows, and water quality
  • Impact assessment of Water Safety Plans in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Sampling strategies for testing microbial water quality in low-resource settings
  • Seasonal variation in drinking and domestic water sources and quality in Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  • Quantities of water used by households with intermittent piped water supplies

Recent Publications

Kumpel, E., R. Peletz, J. Albert, D. de Waal, M. Hirn, A. Danilenko, V. Uhl, A. Daw, and R. Khush (2016). Urban water services in fragile states: A comparison of water quality between Port Harcourt, Nigeria and Monrovia, Liberia. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (Forthcoming). online

Kumpel, E., Nelson, K.L. (2016). Intermittent Water Supply: Prevalence, Practice, and Microbial Water Quality. Environmental Science & Technology 50 (2). doi:10.1021/acs.est.5b03973. online

Other Things I Do

  • Several years ago, I wrote a very popular blog post on using Open Data Kit for our survey work in India – it’s a bit out of date now, but potentially useful for anyone setting up a large field survey using mobile phone data collection tools.
  • I advise NextDrop, a company that provides data to consumers and water utilities about water delivery timings in unreliable intermittent piped systems in India.

You can reach me at emily (dot) kumpel (at) gmail (dot) com
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