At 10:30 a.m. Water in the 21st Century: Key Issues for Communities
Stephen Gasteyer, Professor, University of Illinois

While U.S. communities have access to some of the world’s best quality water and most affordable water and sanitation, rural communities lag behind urban areas in the cost of quality of the available water. Rural communities face increasing challenges to maintain or upgrade their water systems . . . rural residents already pay up to three times more than their urban counterparts for water and sanitation and the need is not diminishing. How do leaders keep the clean water flowing in rural areas?

About our presenter . . . Stephen Gasteyer’s research looks at the development of community capacity to make decisions about critical resources both in the US and overseas. Stephen was Research Director at the Rural Community Assistance Partnership in Washington, DC, and has worked as a research consultant on issues of global water governance and international financial institutions. Stephen was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali from 1987 through 1990, and worked from 1993 through 1998 in the Palestinian territories. Stephen received a BA from Earlham College in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Iowa State University in 2001.


Laboratory for Community and Economic Development | College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois Extension | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign