La Journée mondiale de l’eau / World Water Day – stay inquisitive, keep learning

Amongst the flurry of activity related to World Water Day, we would like to highlight A guide to equitable water safety planning prepared by the WHO. This tool offers step-by-step guidance and good practice examples of how to consider equity through the WSP process to help achieve safe water for all. 

We also would like to encourage you to sign up for the new RWSN webinar series dedicated to the 2019 Theme “Leave no one behind” in rural water supply, running every Tuesday from April 16th, 2019 until June 04th, 2019, in English, French and/or Spanish. Click here to register for the webinar series in English and find more information here. Finally, keep up to date with your rural water supply knowledge through our new RWSN Talks. Be sure to subscribe to the playlist to be notified as we post new presentations from our rich archive of webinar recordings.

Finally, keep up to date with your rural water supply knowledge through our new RWSN Talks. Be sure to subscribe to the playlist to be notified as we post new presentations from our rich archive of webinar recordings.

Parmi les nombreuses activités liées à la Journée mondiale de l’eau, nous aimerions souligner le guide pour une planification équitable de la sécurité de l’eau préparé par l’OMS. Cet outil offre des conseils étape par étape et des exemples de bonnes pratiques sur la façon de tenir compte de l’équité dans le cadre du processus du planification pour la sécurité de l’eau afin d’assurer la salubrité de l’eau pour tous.

Nous aimerions également vous encourager à vous inscrire à la nouvelle série de webinaires du RWSN consacrés au thème « Ne laisser personne de côté » dans l’approvisionnement en eau en milieu rural, qui auront lieu chaque mardi du 16 avril 2019 au 04 juin 2019 en anglais, en français et/ou en espagnol. Cliquez ici pour vous inscrire aux webinaires en français et trouvez plus d’informations ici.

Enfin, restez au courant de vos connaissances en matière d’approvisionnement en eau en milieu rural grâce à nos nouveaux RWSN Talks – en français

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

Find out how rural water supplies have changed around the world since 1990

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 supply. Please download it from:   (0.9 MB)

The new figures from JMP show that most countries have achieved substantial progress towards achieving universal access to water for their citizens.

84% of people living in rural areas now have access to a safe water source in 2015 (up from 62% in 1990)

  • “The number of people without access in rural areas has decreased by over half a billion” (1990-2015)
  • 17 Countries achieved 100% improved access (1990 – 2015) in rural areas
  • Global rural-urban disparities have decreased but large gaps remain – 8 out of ten people without access to an improved water source live in rural areas
  • Good progress in most regions but Oceania lags behind and Sub-Saharan Africa has little piped-on-premises improvement

Find out more by downloading the briefing note – and guess which country made the biggest percentage gain in improved access for its rural population?  I almost guarantee it won’t what you expected!

If you want to air your thoughts then join the discussion on our LinkedIn group:

Innovations in Community Based Organisations, in Indonesia

So I’m at the Indonesia International Water Week 2015 and on the second day, the event has been split into six parallel streams:

  1. Sustainable Access to Safe Drinking Water
  2. Community Based Water Supply
  3. Domestic Wastewater Management
  4. Municipal Solid Waste Management and Domestic Wastewater
  5. Water Resources: Sinking Cities / Towards Better Implementation of IWRM
  6. Water Resources: Measuring Progress / Water Infrastructure & Water Resources Management

Continue reading “Innovations in Community Based Organisations, in Indonesia”

How to make Self–supply more tangible?

rope pump demo
Rope pump demonstration (A. Olschewski/Skat)

As part of the celebration of the World Water Day 2015 the rural water sector in Ethiopia organized a 3-day event on Self-supply (19th – 21st March) including a trade fair for producers of Self-supply technology and a 2-day seminar with inputs from international and national speakers. The fair hosted more than 20 local suppliers and producers which allowed potential clients to check technologies in detail, to speak to suppliers and compare products for e.g. water lifting, drilling, water treatment.

Suppliers were invited to to market themselves by giving a 3-minutes pitch to the public. A panel of experts gave feedback so that the brave pitchers could improve on their promotion in the future.

In the international seminar on 20th March, experiences from other countries on accelerating Self-supply were shared as well as the information on steps taken so far to roll out Self-supply in Ethiopia including linkages to small scale agriculture and the multiple use concept.

WHO presented results from various studies on water quality analysis of samples from improved and unimproved sources.It became obvious that the concept of improved/unimproved sources is not good for indicator of safe water supply. This perception was so far one of the key challenges addressed to accept Self-supply.

In the future WHO recommends enforcing its concept of Water Safety Plans and clearly promoted household water treatment for any water used for drinking water in rural areas. The Ethiopian water sector will develop ideas on how to establish and follow up water safety plans in Ethiopia which fit to the Self-supply context.

To attract more people similar fairs are planned for other towns in Ethiopia in the near future.

All slides of the international seminar on Self–supply (20th March) and some photos of the fair will be uploaded on the RWSN website.