The rise of the off-grid city?

Adrian Healy reports on the findings of research undertaken in Lagos on the proliferation of domestic boreholes. This article was originally published in GeoDrilling International, and can be read here. The conventional model of urban development focuses on centralised water service provision, where the state ensures a supply of water through storage and treatment plants … Continue reading The rise of the off-grid city?

Understanding the invisible: Uganda’s efforts to increase access to detailed groundwater data

This is the second in a series of four blogs entitled Professional Borehole Drilling: Learning from Uganda written by Elisabeth Liddle, and a RWSN webinar in 2019 about professional borehole drilling. It draws on research in Uganda by Liddle and Fenner (2018). We welcome your thoughts in reply to this blog below. [Note: The original … Continue reading Understanding the invisible: Uganda’s efforts to increase access to detailed groundwater data

Favouring Progress: Yemen’s Water Scarcity Dilemma of the 21st Century

Our RWSN Guest blogger Muna Omar takes a critical look at the issue of dwindling water supply in Yemen’s capital city The population of Sana’a, the capital city of Yemen, depend on deep wells that are usually dug to a maximum depth of 200 meters for their drinking water. The wells draw on a cretaceous … Continue reading Favouring Progress: Yemen’s Water Scarcity Dilemma of the 21st Century

Why is Groundwater Data important?

by Dr Fabio Fussi, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca The role of groundwater data in rural water supply has changed markedly in over the last few year: 6th RWSN Forum in Kampala, 2011: Some pilot projects of groundwater data collection and organization is presented. Uganda is presenting its groundwater atlas, a promising example for other … Continue reading Why is Groundwater Data important?

Declining groundwater levels in Malawi impacting rural water supplies

RWSN member, Muthi Nhlema, has challenged the government of Malawi over how groundwater is used for rural water supplies: 30% of water points are not working across the country and he points to declining groundwater levels being a major factor. Mr Nhlema therefore challenged the wisdom of further drilling and groundwater development, if the use … Continue reading Declining groundwater levels in Malawi impacting rural water supplies

Groundwater Management into River Basin Organizations

A one-day training course in Dar es Salam, Tanzania Wednesday 20th, 2016.  Background: Transboundary water management is of great importance to Africa as it has been emphasized in the African Water Vision 2025. Almost all Sub-Saharan African countries share at least one international river basin. In Africa there are about sixty transboundary lake and river … Continue reading Groundwater Management into River Basin Organizations

WaterWired: Our Ten Cents: ‘Groundwater and the 8th World Water Forum’

By Prof. Michael E. 'Aquadoc' Campana.  Re-blogged from: http://aquadoc.typepad.com/waterwired/2016/06/our-ten-cents-groundwater-and-the-8th-world-water-forum.html  It's been my limited experience that trying to get groundwater on the agenda of the World Water Fora is like the proverbial pulling of teeth from a distraught grizzly bear. In an ideal world, one should not have to do this because groundwater should be included in the … Continue reading WaterWired: Our Ten Cents: ‘Groundwater and the 8th World Water Forum’