WEDC Conference Presentation: Future Proofing Rural Water Systems

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By Susan Davis, Executive Director

I gave this talk today at the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) International Conference:

Good afternoon, I’m Susan Davis from Improve International and I like water.  My water comes to my house every day, all day, and I know it won’t make me sick. Unfortunately, millions of people who thought they had improved water access don’t know the water will come every day, and they don’t know whether it is safe.  Today, I want to talk to you about Future Proofing Rural Water Systems.

All of you here are probably aware of the high rates of failure and poor functionality of water points in developing countries. These snapshots tell us whether water was flowing or not on the day a water point was visited, but they don’t tell us about some other critical aspects of service – like quality, quantity, reliability, and accessibility.

Beyond…

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13 ways to provide water and sanitation for nine billion people

Summary of Live Q&A discussion on the Guardian Development Professionals Network, which included RWSN input on the expert panel. How can water be better managed to ensure enough supply for a growing global population? Our panel of water experts have their say. Calculate the water available: We need a better accounting of our “water balance … Continue reading 13 ways to provide water and sanitation for nine billion people

Zambia: Borehole Drilling Harming Ground Water

By Charles Simengwa, Stanslous Ngosa, Moffat Chazingwa and Chusa Sichone (http://allafrica.com/stories/201506070300.html) THE construction sector in Zambia is at an all-time high, with buildings springing up all around the country, particularly in urban areas. It is a building rush cutting across commercial entities and private individuals who are investing heavily in picturesque houses. This is a … Continue reading Zambia: Borehole Drilling Harming Ground Water

Engineering for Change article: How to improve the adoption of innovative technology in developing countries

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Below is an excerpt from an article Susan wrote for Engineering for Change last week.

By Susan Davis
Contributing Editor

Focusing on technology or infrastructure alone as a solution to water access issues has contributed to high failure rates. There is, however, a good way to use technology. Tools exist that can help evaluate a piece of equipment for sustainability within the context of the community where it will operate.

Read the rest of the article here.

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Investment in rural water supply delivers results – NEW RWSN briefing note on the new JMP report

The Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) of UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have just released a new report: 25 Year Progress on Sanitation and Drinking Water - 2015 Update report and MDG Assessment We have pulled together a 2-side briefing note that pulls out some of the headline figures and conclusion on rural water … Continue reading Investment in rural water supply delivers results – NEW RWSN briefing note on the new JMP report