Partly to keep the readers of the Hope Spring Water blog informed, partly to keep up to date with what is happening in the world of WaSH, our versatile volunteer Evgeniy Gakaviy has just started a monthly blog post series called the “Water and Sanitation roundup”. In these posts, he shares excerpts from some of the leading WaSH news posts and articles he comes across in a given month.
Here is Evgeniy’s WaSH roundup, we hope you find it informative and/or useful. If you have WaSH-related articles, newsor information you would like him to include in a future WaSH roundup, please use our contact page to get in touch with Evgeniy.
“A brief story of clean water in Birmingham” on Grape Vine Birmingham. Some interesting facts were raised in this article:
- 320 million litres of clean water travel every day 73 miles from Wales to Birmingham.
- 800 million people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water
- 3 billion litres of water a day are lost due to leakages in the UK.
- It is now possible for business water users in England to switch suppliers, just as you can switch your energy provider.
“Deliver Safe, Clean Water for Africa” video by World Bank on Youtube. Many water utilities are working hard to expand access, but most haven’t kept up with the growing demand or the maintenance on aging infrastructure. Leaving only a third of urban residents with piped water to their homes.
“Integrating gender and disability in water, sanitation and hygiene this World Water Day” by Water Aid on their blog. Water Aid together with other organizations have published a paper where they covered the following problems:
- How the WaSH sector can continue improving on gender and disability
- To do the development better
You can download a paper by following this link.
“IISc has found an environmentally friendly way to recycle electronic waste” on yourstory.com. Statistics say that about 50 million tones of electronic wasted every year. Indian scientifics found a way to turn it into an environmentally friendly material.
The behaviour of individual materials is different when they are pulverised at room temperature. While metal and oxides get mixed, the local temperature of polymer increases during grinding, and so the polymer melts instead of breaking. The polymer starts reacting with the rest of the components and forms a chunk. So we can’t separate the individual components.
“Radical increase in water and sanitation investment required to meet development targets” by Nada Osseiran on WHO. Countries are not spending as much as needed to meet the water and sanitation targets under Sustainable Development Goals. Countries have increased their budget on WaSH sector only on 4.9% compared with last year and it is not enough. World Bank predicts that investments need to triple if we want to achieve the target by 2030.
“Aid Donors Target Water, Sanitation and Security” by Delia Paul on iisd blog. The World Bank, EBRD and UN-Habitat announced new projects to improve water in developing countries: Djibouti, Kosovo, Papua New Guinea, Tajikistan and Tanzania.
In March 2017, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council and the government of Niger and Singapore launched the results of their research which found that approximately 43% of women in Niger miss normal activities due to the lack of sufficient menstrual hygiene facilities.
“2017 GLAAS report stresses need for increased efficiency and new sources of funding“ on UN Water. 70% of countries have specific plans to reach low-income communities with water, sanitation and hygiene sector BUT only 25% of aid was spent on basic systems in rural areas.
You can download full report here: http://www.unwater.org/publications/publications-detail/en/c/880965/
“Government Response to Wastewater Challenges” by Nandita Singh and Om Prakash Singh on Millennium Water Story. In India huge volumes of wastewater are generated everyday from diverse sources primarily municipal, industrial and agricultural.
This post contains high quality pictures and stories of wastewater challengers.