Dr. Peterson's water research legacy

Dr. Hans Gosta Peterson will be remembered for helping at-risk communities to have access to clean water.

Dr. Hans Gosta Peterson (PhD) was an adjunct faculty member of SENS who recently passed away. His research on drinking water and wastewater treatment helped at-risk communities across the world.

"Dr. Hans, as he was affectionately known, had one dream, and that was to provide water treatment solutions to even the smallest community with the poorest quality raw water source," states his obituary.

He co-founded the Safe Drinking Water Foundation, a charity intended to help small communities in developing countries, and he worked in China, Mongolia and Thailand. He also pioneered a water treatment that helped to make boil water advisories a thing of the past for many First Nations communities in Canada.

The Globe and Mail recently featured an article on Peterson's work.

"A scientist, inventor, researcher, educator and advocate, Mr. Peterson spent the past two decades helping First Nations communities across the Prairies get safe drinking water. He never stopped talking about it, even to unreceptive ears," the article notes.

We will fondly remember Dr. Hans and are grateful for his contributions to water research and society. We offer our condolences to his family.

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