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Damon focused on clean water for world

Water.org founders Gary White left and Matt DamonWater.org founders Gary White, left, and Matt Damon in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 23, 2014.The Oscar-winning actor Matt Damon deals with a matter of life and death at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. Davos is a gathering of the world’s global elite.

“It’s just so unthinkable to those of us who grew up in America or Canada that anybody could ever lack access to clean water,” said Damon, 43, who has traveled to this stunning Alpine setting close to the borders of Austria and Italy to talk about a seemingly mundane, yet frustratingly deadly problem.

Nearly 1 billion people lack a safe and consistent way of getting water, and onethird of the world’s population — 2.5 billion people — don’t have regular access to sanitation facilities. More people have a cellphone than have a toilet, and every 20 seconds, a child dies for lack of access to clean water and sanitation, according to Water.org, the non-profit that Damon founded with Gary White, a widely praised engineer and social entrepreneur who has been active in the water field for more than two decades.

Davis & Shirtliff Develops a Range of Mobile Water Treatment Systems

Davis Shirtliff team led by CEO Alec Davis are pictured handing over mobile water treatment trucks to Athi Water Services Board Chief Engineer JohnDue to the increasing incidence of emergency situations in the region caused by floods, draught, conflict, disease outbreaks and population displacement there is a growing need for innovative and effective solutions that can be quickly deployed to provide high quality treated water. Davis & Shirtliff, the region’s leading water treatment specialists, has many years of experience in all types of water treatment and in

response to this need has developed a range of mobile water treatment systems that are specially designed to give pure water in various emergency situations. These units provide costeffective and sustainable solutions from a wide variety of feed sources including saline, turbid or highly mineralized water and produce potable drinking water to international standards.

BioFizz, a biological product formulated to treat septic tanks as well as urban sanitation systems.

BioFizz is a biological sanitationBioFizz is a biological sanitation treatment product intended for use in both septic tank systems, as well as conventional urban lavatoriesBioFizz is a biological product developed by CSIR Biosciences, intended for use in both septic tank systems, as well as conventional urban lavatories. Septic tank systems are widely used in various parts of South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa as well as in various other developing countries. Most urban populations in these countries are provided with septic tanks; although in some other less developed countries, up to 45 % still use traditional pit latrines.

The septic tank system provides a cost-effective on-site sanitation mechanism, and is the most cost-effective, and likely the only practical approach for securing the health benefits associated with hygienic disposal of excreta. Although its use is advantageous, numerous limitations of the use of septic tank systems have been reported.

The BioFizz product can also be applied as a biological alternative in normal domestic water borne sewage systems, where environmentally aware customers can use the product to reduce the burden on sewage treatment facilities and ensure cleaner effluent traps and pipes. Onsite, point-of-source treatments of these septic tanks and urban lavatory systems are required in order to suitably treat sewage generated from households. This form of sanitation is also being adopted by suburban lifestyle estates and game lodges across Africa.

Bill Gates Drinks Poop Water, Serves Notice

By Kevin Westerling
Bill Gates Drinks PoopCredit where it’s due: I didn’t develop the information I’m sharing  but it’s too good to merely retweet or “like.” My enthusiasm stems from one of the world’s most famous, influential, and capable people getting fully behind sustainable wastewater treatment and direct potable reuse, bringing widespread attention to typically underappreciated water issues.

That person is Bill Gates, most notably the multibillionaire co-founder of Microsoft, but also (more to the point for this story) co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which works to combat extreme poverty. Much of the Foundation’s recent focus has been on clean water availability and sanitation, but has only tangentially related to what we report at Water Online … until now.

Wastewater contains energy that can be harnessed and utilized

Photo by Chesapeake Bay ProgramPhoto by Chesapeake Bay ProgramWastewater contains energy in the form of potential energy, thermal energy and chemically bound energy, all of which can be harnessed and utilized. In the USA, there are 104 wastewater treatment plants using biogas to produce a total of 190 MW capacity. Wastewater is increasingly recognized as potential source of energy: in several countries, water supply companies are working towards becoming energy-neutral. It is estimated that more than 80% of used water worldwide -and up to 90% in developing countries- is neither collected nor treated, threatening human and environmental health.

Energy is required for pumping and treating water
Energy is required for two components of water provision: pumping and treatment (before and after use). Electricity costs are estimated at 5% to 30% of the total operating cost of water and wastewater utilities, but in some developing countries such as India and Bangladesh, it is as high as 40% of the total operating cost. World Water Development Report 2014

25 Years after Rights Convention, Children Still Need More Protection

By Susan Bissell Edited by Kitty Stapp
Uwottyja children in the Amazon community of Samaria in Venezuela. Credit to Humberto Márquez IPSNext week marks 25 years since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a historic commitment to children and the most widely accepted human rights treaty in history. The CRC outlines universal rights for all children, including the right to health care, education, protection and the time and space to play. And it changed the way children are viewed, from objects that need care and charity, to human beings, with a distinct set of rights and with their own voices that deserve to be heard.

Fresh in my mind right now are deadly bomb attacks on schools in northern Nigeria and Syria, Central American children braving perilous journeys to flee violence, children being recruited to fight in South Sudan and gang rapes in India.

Africa Must Prioritize Water in its Development Agenda.

By Miriam Gathigah Edited by Phil Harris
Africa must now go beyond household water access indices to embrace water as a key development issue say experts at the Jan. 15 17 U.N. International Water Conference in Zaragoza. Credit to Miriam Gathigah IPSAlthough African countries have been lauded for their efforts towards ensuring that people have access to safe drinking water in keeping with Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), they have nonetheless come under scrutiny for failure to prioritize water in their development agendas.

Thomas Chiramba, Head of Freshwater Ecosystems Unit at the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) in Kenya, told IPS that in spite of progress on the third component of MDG7 – halve the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015 – water scarcity still poses a significant threat to sustainable development in Africa.

Attending the United Nations’ International Water Conference being held in this Spanish city from Jan. 15- 17, he said that “there is too much focus on household water access indices and not enough on linkages between water and sustainable development.”

 

                           


            

Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2