Closing the gap

Access to safe sanitation systems is a national problem. Here’s how one M.P.H. alumnus has made it his priority.

By Katarina Fiorentino Klatzkow
Zach Loweinstein Zach Lowenstein, M.P.H.

Tell us more about Closing America’s Wastewater Access Gap.

What are some of the short- and long-term goals of this project?

Zach white house Lowenstein with Mitch Landrieu, senior advisor and infrastructure coordinator to the president of the United States. Lowenstein was invited to the White House in appreciation of his work on the “Closing America’s Wastewater Access Gap” initiative. “Landrieu thanked us for all of our hard work, but also reminded us that the clock is ticking, and that we have a lot of work ahead of us,” Lowenstein said. “It has been a high honor to lead such important work.”

What is your favorite aspect of working on this program?

Zach Lowenstein Kentucky Lowenstein speaking to one of the Closing America’s Wastewater Access Gap communities in Harlan County, KY.

What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve experienced in your career?