- Re: NaWaTech Compendium of Technologies avaliable on SuSanA library - by: pkjha October 20, 2014Dear All I have just gone through the book particularly the chapters dealing with waste water treatment. It is collection of available technologies. It mentions technologies – ABR, Anaerobic filter, SBR, MBR, MMBR, biogas technology, and sludge drying beds- planted and unplanted and others. It lacks technical details of the technologies mentioned. Some chapt […]
- Re: Do you know about wastewater disposal in deep wells in US? - by: canaday October 20, 2014Hi everyone, The BBC Radio Discovery Program just published --Urine Trouble: What Is In Our Water?-- www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/discovery Some of the interviewees found significant effects of trace amounts of pharmaceuticals that come out in human urine, cannot get eliminated in wastewater treatment (WWT), and find their way into rivers. Other interviewee […]
- Re: Sanitation interventions during Ebola epidemic - by: joeturner October 20, 2014I have found another paper which might give useful information: Tuladhar, Era, et al. "Residual viral and bacterial contamination of surfaces after cleaning and disinfection." Applied and environmental microbiology 78.21 (2012): 7769-7775. Full text: aem.asm.org/content/78/21/7769.full Abstract: Environmental surfaces contaminated with pathogens ca […]
- Re: Sanitation interventions during Ebola epidemic - by: joeturner October 20, 2014Thanks full paper here: www.processcleaningsolutions.com/pdf/3_norovirus-barker.pdf The paper seems to make clear that wiping and the use of detergent is not enough to clean surfaces of the virus. The use of a bleach, preferably with surfaces wiped beforehand, seems to be the advice given in this paper to reduce risks.
- Re: Sanitation interventions during Ebola epidemic - by: arno October 20, 2014Joe Here is a paper on Noroviruses transferred via faeces on environmental surfaces. Drawing parallels with Filoviruses isn't really a long shot. Protecting against the highly contagious and persistent Noroviruses should provide the proper safety to protect against Ebola. www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195670104002087 Effects of cleaning an […]
- Re: NaWaTech Compendium of Technologies avaliable on SuSanA library - by: pkjha October 20, 2014
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USAID and Rotary International adopt innovative sustainability monitoring tool | Source: Harold Lockwood, Water Services That Last – August 12, 2013 |
This is great news and fantastic to see USAID adopting and promoting this approach which aims to really track and better understand the underlying causes of poor sustainability in the WASH sector. Sustaining WASH services is complex and dependent not only the hardware (the pumps, latrines and pipes), but also a range of the so-called software elements, for example reliable management entities, long-term external support and monitoring, adequate financing and so on. Measuring coverage is one thing, looking at functionality is also a useful proxy, but if we really want to know where the pinch-points are and how something so seemingly simple as water flowing out of a tap can fall down, it requires a comprehensive and powerful tool.
This is just what USAID and Rotary International have developed with the new Sustainability Index Tool, or SIT, which has just been released and is available for download on the WASHPlus website here. The tool was developed by Aguaconsult over a period of more than a year and a half and has been tested in three country programmes, with a further two countries being rolled out in the coming months.
International H2O Collaboration
The USAID-Rotary International H2O Collaboration was launched in March 2009, and the first round of pilot projects were finalized in 2012 in the Dominican Republic, Ghana, and the Philippines. The central goal of this collaboration between Rotary International and USAID is to support water, sanitation, and hygiene initiatives that will have lasting impacts in target communities.The partnership between Rotary International and USAID is an official Global Development Alliance (GDA), which is an innovative public-private alliance model developed and used by USAID for improving social and economic conditions in developing countries.
One outcome of the Alliance is the publication of theSustainability Index Tool documents which are listed below:
- Sustainability Index of WASH Interventions: Global Findings and Lessons Learned. The Sustainability Index Tool, focuses on four critical areas that are known to be importance to the long-term sustainability of WASH interventions: institutional, management, financial, and technical factors. (Full text|pdf-1.27MB)
- Dominican Republic: Sustainability Index of WASH Activities. (Full text|pdf-2.51MB)
- Ghana: Sustainability Index of WASH Activities & Partnership Evaluation. (Full text|pdf-1.82MB)
- Philippines: Sustainability Index of WASH Activities & Alliance Evaluation. (Full text|pdf-1.59MB)
A new video by IRC’s WASHCost project examines the full costs of building traditional latrines in Mozambique.
Cost data is essential for planning by the governments. In Mozambique, this is done by local authorities. There are many challenges in getting the right data. One of them is getting data on sanitation and the investments made by households themselves, in particular when latrines are constructed with local materials.
WASHCost Mozambique managed to calculate the estimated total costs for building a traditional latrine. The cost data shows that families are massively contributing to improving public health. The data also shows that promotion of hygiene and sanitation is really worth the effort.
When there is promotion, families build latrines and spend money on them.
For more on the life-cycle costs of sanitation and hygiene read:
- WASHCost Infosheet 2 – The cost of sustaining sanitation services for 20 years
- WASHCost Infosheet 5 – Hygiene promotion: How effective is it? How much does it cost?
- WASHCost Briefing Note 3 – Applying the life-cycle costs approach to sanitation
- WASHCost Working Paper 3 – Assessing sanitation service levels
For more on sanitation in Mozambique read:
Published on May 3, 2013 – “Making connections: Women, sanitation and health” took place on 29th April 2013 at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). It was convened by LSHTM and WaterAid as partners of the SHARE Research Consortium. The event brought together a diverse mix of academics, journalists, practitioners and activists from the WASH, gender and health sectors to present and debate critical issues on linking gender, sanitation and health including violence against women and girls, maternal health and menstrual hygiene.