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USAID Announces Water Desalination Prize Competition

On March 21 this year, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Swedish International Development Agency, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of The Netherlands announced the launch of the Desal Prize for innovations in brackish water desalination. The Desal Prize is part of the $32 million Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development. The U.S. Bureau for Reclamation is providing support in the design and implementation of the prize.

Is underground water storage the answer to water security?

By Russell Sticklor

An empty groundwater recharge basin outside of Tucson Arizona United States. Photo byBillAn empty groundwater recharge basin outside of Tucson Arizona United States. Photo byBillGroundwater is arguably the most important aspect of our collective water security in the 21st century. Farmers draw upon it as a sort of water insurance policy when the rains falter, or when surface supplies prove inadequate. But we take it for granted, in part because — historically speaking — groundwater has been essentially invisible beneath our feet until very recently.

 Water Security to Local, Regional, and Global Challenges

Water, a Vital Source

Africa Water Sanitation  Hygiene in 2014 July - August Vol. 9 No.4 page48 image655Freshwater is a key resource for human health, prosperity and security. It is essential for poverty eradication, gender equality, food security, and the preservation of ecosystems.

Yet billions of people worldwide are confronted with serious freshwater challenges, from water scarcity, poor quality, lack of sanitation facilities, to waterrelated disasters such as fl oods and droughts. Some 80% of the world’s population lives incareas with high water security threats.

The UN General Assembly declared access to clean water and sanitation a human right in July 2010. But lack of access to drinking water of adequate quality and quantity remains one of the largest human health problems globally. Although the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target on water supply was met in 2010, more than 600 million people still lack access to safe drinking water, with over 40% living in sub-Saharan Africa.




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene November - December 2017 Vol.12 No.6