Ghaziabad administration launches ‘Swachhtagrah’ app to monitor open defecation. Hindustan Times, April 13, 2017.
The Ghaziabad district administration on Thursday launched a mobile app to help officials locate areas where people defecate in the open. Volunteers and monitoring committees will now be able to send complaints and Google map locations of open defecation.
Incidents of open defecation can be reported in the app.
According to officials, the ‘Swachhagrah’ app is available on the Google play store but its use will be restricted to use by volunteers and monitoring committee members registered with the district open defecation free (ODF) control room.
The officials aim to provide a total of 12,969 toilets by the end of April as part of the ODF programme. As many as 111 of 196 villages in the district are open defecation-free.
“Once we achieve the ODF status in all of our 196 villages, the app will help volunteers and monitoring committees to check if people are returning to old habits.
They, after providing their login and password, can send complaints and even the location through the app. The complaint will be displayed to all officials and also in the control room,” said Virendra Singh, district Panchayati Raj officer.
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Report of a WASH Dialogue on faecal sludge and septage management.
By Anupama Sahay
Faecal sludge management in Cambodia. Photo: Dany Dourng
Is Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) an effective and long-term solution in the sanitation value chain? That was the question that Indian sanitation experts reflected on in Jaipur, the state capital of Rajasthan, at a multi-stakeholder dialogue on ‘FSSM Matters: Looking Forward’ on 10 January 2017. The dialogue was the second of the “Insights” series launched last year by the India Sanitation Coalition (ISC), IRC and TARU Leading Edge.
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The Nano Membrane Toilet – new funding and video. Nano Membrane Toilet Blog, November 25, 2016.
Cranfield University’s Nano Membrane Toilet project has landed a major funding boost to secure the next phase of development of a novel and sustainable sanitation solution for the benefit of the huge number of people around the world who currently have no hope of being able to access a clean and affordable toilet in their home.
Dr Alison Parker, from the Cranfield Water Science Institute, said; “This is a great moment; the new funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will support our research teams in water, energy and design to tackle the considerable challenge of turning the laboratory prototype Nano Membrane Toilet into a product for the marketplace.”
Google Maps will soon help people find clean toilets. TechnoBuffalo, November 25, 2016.
Gotta go? Soon you might be able to quickly pull up Google Maps to find the nearest toilet. According to IBTimes, Google is working with India’s Ministry of Urban Development to kickstart a program that will add that feature in India.
The news outlet said Google is trialing the service in one specific region, NCR, between November 16 and November 30, but the government hopes to one day expand to the entire country. The goal is to provide residents with access to clean, healthy facilities likely in an effort to cut down on illnesses and disease that can spread from dirty bathrooms and other unsanitary places.
“People will first need to open Google Maps, and then search for toilets near them,” a source told IBTimes. “They can search for a variety of keywords, like ‘toilet’, ‘lavatory’, ‘swach’, ‘swachhata’, ‘shulabh’ or ‘shauchalay’, and Google will point them to the nearest toilets.”
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The RWSN secretariat announces the latest webinar of their mini-series 2016, which will take place on1 6.11.2016. The title of the event is “A tool for Monitoring the Scaling up of Water and Sanitation Technologies (TAF – Technology Applicability Framework)” and it will focus on the use of the TAF, which has been presented and discussed previously at the SuSanA Forum (here). The session will take place in English (2-3 PM Central European Time, please check your local time here) and in Spanish (4-5 PM Central European Time, please check your local time here). Thee two presenters and the titles of their presentations are:
- Joshua Briemberg, WaterAid, Nicaragua: TAF as a participative planning and monitoring tool
- Younes Hassib, GIZ, Germany: Scaling up sanitation solutions in Afghanistan
After the two presentations, you will have the chance to ask questions and participate in the on-line Q&A session and discussion around this topic.
Please use this link in order to register for the sessions.
Recordings and presentations of previous sessions of this mini-series of webinars are available for download and viewing here.
For more information on the Technology Applicability Framework (TAF), please visit: washtechnologies.net/en
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Pivot Works factory in Kigali, Rwanda. From left to right: Fecal sludge receiving tank, flocculation tanks, mechanical dewatering machine. Photo: Ashley Muspratt
4,900 days from now, in 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals will expire. If that feels like a long time, consider the work ahead. And by work, I dare not attempt to wrap my head around all 17 goals; I refer specifically to the WASH goal – SDG #6 – and even more specifically to the sanitation targets.
From my admittedly invested perch – I run a sanitation company – the most exciting thing about transitioning from the MDGs to the SDGs is the belated inclusion of treatment. There’s finally recognition that “improved sanitation” without treatment is not improved sanitation. The WASH community’s new mandate: “halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally” (SDG 6.3). But consider that the urban population still requiring “safely managed sanitation” today stands at 3.214 billion . Serving them entails expanding safe management, i.e., some form of treatment, to 625,000 people each day for the next 4,900 days. That’s basically a city a day.
How can we achieve such a massive expansion of safe fecal sludge and wastewater management? For starters, let’s stop building treatment plants. Heresy? There’s a better way.