Why getting ‘water affordability’ right matters – and how water diaries can be of help

re-posted from REACH Dr Sonia Hoque, University of Oxford Having access to 24/7 potable piped water in the comfort of our dwelling is a luxury that many of us take for granted. In the UK, an annual water and sewerage bill of £400 accounts for about 1% of the annual average household income of £40,000. … Continue reading Why getting ‘water affordability’ right matters – and how water diaries can be of help

Are you responsible for universal, safe, sufficient, affordable & equitable water services?

by Johanna Koehler, University of Oxford, re-posted from REACH The answer to this question was mixed by the policymakers across all 47 water ministries of the first devolved county governments in Kenya. Political, socioclimatic and spatial factors influence to what degree county policymakers assume responsibility for the water service mandate. A new article published in Geoforum presents novel … Continue reading Are you responsible for universal, safe, sufficient, affordable & equitable water services?

#RWSN @ #WWW : the presentations

RWSN co-convened two sessions at last week’s SIWI World Water Week in Stockholm and presentations are available to download: WASHoholic Anonymous - Confessions of Failure and how to Reform All presentations: http://programme.worldwaterweek.org/sites/default/files/panzerbeiter_lt_1400.pdf Build and Run to Last: Advances in Rural Water Services India’s rural water supply services presentation: Solar powered water supply presentation: Ensuring Sustainability … Continue reading #RWSN @ #WWW : the presentations

Peering over the fence – how water security can bring business and rural communities together

RWSN/REACH blog post by Sean Furey, Skat Foundation (02.03.2016, Zurich, Switzerland)  In 2015, the World Economic Forum ranked water as the global risk with the greatest potential to impact economies over the next 10 years. So what are companies doing to assess and manage these risks – and could their efforts benefit or worsen the … Continue reading Peering over the fence – how water security can bring business and rural communities together

Funding opportunity – Water Security

Happy New Year! Let's start 2016 with a bang:  a call for expressions of interest (EOIs) for ‘Catalyst Grants’ which are commissioned under the REACH programme. These Catalyst Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 each are designed to explore novel approaches to water security and poverty research and policy that complement the core research conducted … Continue reading Funding opportunity – Water Security

Out today: Addressing arsenic and fluoride in drinking water – Geogenic Contamination Handbook

by Dr Annette Johnson and Anja Bretzler, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) - http://www.wrq.eawag.ch Researchers at Eawag have been involved in finding technological solutions for arsenic-contaminated drinking water over the last decades. When we also started looking at fluoride contamination in drinking water we soon came to realise how enormous the … Continue reading Out today: Addressing arsenic and fluoride in drinking water – Geogenic Contamination Handbook

Location Matters: A Small Tweak Brings Clean Water Innovations to 5 Million People

by Maura O'Neill,  Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Counselor to the Administrator, USAID (first appeared: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maura-o/location-matters-a-small-_b_3333535.html) From the hills of western Kenya to the coastlines of Haiti, blue bins are popping up unexpectedly across local landscapes. These unassuming plastic containers positioned near communal water sources and propped on stands built from local materials, don't exactly … Continue reading Location Matters: A Small Tweak Brings Clean Water Innovations to 5 Million People