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Opportunity to publish: handpumps in drinking water services

(photo: (C) Skat Consulting Ltd.) Dear Colleagues, It has recently been suggested that an up-to-date review of the issues around handpumps in drinking water services be undertaken.  This would be in the form of a book, which supersedes the documents published in the 1980s including Arlosoroff’s “Community water supply: the handpump option” and IRC’s Technical … Continue reading Opportunity to publish: handpumps in drinking water services

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My experience at the World Water Week Conference: Water for Society Including all

This is a guest blog by Benson Kandeh, winner of the RWSN@WWW competition for young professionals.. For more information on RWSN’s activities for Young professionals, see here. My name is Benson Kandeh and I am a young water professional from Sierra Leone. I work on providing water supply for rural communities in my country through the EMAS technologies … Continue reading My experience at the World Water Week Conference: Water for Society Including all

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Rural water supply is changing. Be part of it.

The Rural Water Supply International Directory that is available to download from today aims to track the organizations and businesses fostering this change.

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Arsenic detected in rainwater harvesting tanks in Bolivia

This is a guest blog by Riley Mulhern, a PhD student at the University of North Carolina. If you are interested in issues related to water quality monitoring, you can join our online community here.   In areas of water scarcity around the globe, made worse by climate change and pollution of groundwater, rainwater harvesting remains … Continue reading Arsenic detected in rainwater harvesting tanks in Bolivia

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And the winner is… or the tale of how difficult it is for a young professional from Sierra Leone to attend World Water Week

We were very happy to announce Benson Kandeh’s nomination as the winner of the RWSN@WWW competition last month. However, we unfortunately received the news that Benson will be unable to attend the SIWI World Water Week conference, as he was denied a visa to travel to Sweden. This is a huge disappointment to him and … Continue reading And the winner is… or the tale of how difficult it is for a young professional from Sierra Leone to attend World Water Week

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Cost effective ways to leave no-one behind in rural water and sanitation – Summary on the RWSN E-discussion

The e-discussion on the topic of “Cost effective ways to leave no-one behind in rural water and sanitation” has come to an end and we are very grateful for the 40+ participants who actively took part. A summary of the e-discussion can be found here. Additionaly, we as moderators want to share our own summary … Continue reading Cost effective ways to leave no-one behind in rural water and sanitation – Summary on the RWSN E-discussion

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Scotland’s place in achieving water for society – including all

This is a guest blog by Ben McIntosh-Michaelis, a RWSN Young Professional who submitted this entry as part of the RWSN@WWW competition. For more information on RWSN’s support to Young Professionals, please see here. Living in Scotland we often think that everyone here has access to safe water. In reality, this is not quite the … Continue reading Scotland’s place in achieving water for society – including all

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World Bank: Understanding the “new rurality” in Latin America and what it means to the water and sanitation sector

by Malva Baskovich and Berenice Flores Arias Uijtewaal, re-blogged from the World Bank Despite the urbanization trends seen in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC), it seems that the rural population in LAC is decreasing in relative terms. In 2001, official figures indicated that 125 million people in LAC resided in rural areas representing 24% of … Continue reading World Bank: Understanding the “new rurality” in Latin America and what it means to the water and sanitation sector

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And the winner is…

This year, RWSN is offering the chance for a young professional to attend Stockholm World Water Week. From 25 June- 9 July 2019, we ran a competition to find a young professional with a knack for communicating complex topics to broad audiences, social media –savviness, and a passion for working on water issues at the local … Continue reading And the winner is…

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Introducing our new RWSN member organisation: Red de Jóvenes por el Agua Centroamérica

This is a guest blog by Kenneth Alfaro Alvarado about our new RWSN member organisation Red de Jóvenes por el Agua Centroamérica (Youth Water Network for Water Central America) and its activities at LatinoSan in April 2019, which were supported by RWSN. For more information on RWSN’s support for Young Water Professionals, please see here. … Continue reading Introducing our new RWSN member organisation: Red de Jóvenes por el Agua Centroamérica

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Make the last mile the first mile: is business the key to fulfilling human rights?

This guest blog was written by Selma Hilgersom (Simavi). The original blog post is available here and is re-published with permission and thanks from Simavi. Last week, I attended the AGUASAN workshop. This yearly event is organised by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and joined by a broad variety of WASH practitioners. The key … Continue reading Make the last mile the first mile: is business the key to fulfilling human rights?

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From Colombia to Kyrgyz Republic and Uganda: how we help countries adopt state-of-the art information systems for better management of rural water services

How many countries have you worked in where an up-to-date national information system for rural water services is used for decision-making?

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Following the initiative of the governments of Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama, 11 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are using the innovative open-data platform “SIASAR”.

With support from GWSP and the World Bank’s office in Columbia, the South-South Knowledge Exchange Facility helped bring Kyrgyz and Ugandan delegations together in Colombia.

Just how much do countries rely on groundwater point sources for their drinking water?

Preliminary analysis of census and national survey data from the 2019 Joint Monitoring Programme, by Dr Kerstin Danert An important issue for those of us that think a lot about groundwater is the extent that various countries rely on it for their drinking water. The data presented in the table below has been prepared from … Continue reading Just how much do countries rely on groundwater point sources for their drinking water?

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India pledges piped water to every rural home within 5 years

India is turning its back on the handpump and is going full bore for piped water supplies.

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Ne laisser personne de côté dans les zones rurales, c’est plus qu’une question d’approvisionnement en eau potable.

"Ne laisser personne de côté". Que signifient réellement ces mots et quelles en sont les implications pour nous, les professionnels de l'eau en milieu rural, ainsi que pour le financement des programmes et des projets que nous mettons en œuvre ?

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Leaving no one behind in rural areas is about more than drinking water supplies

‘Leaving No One Behind’ - what do these words actually mean, and what are the implications for us rural water practitioners, as well as those funding the programmes and projects that we implement?

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New JMP report offers fresh insights into rural water progress and challenges

The new JMP report is out with WASH data up to 2017! This is an initial look at some key points relating to rural water supply

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Seawater intrusion – a challenge for the 21st century

This is a guest blog by Ramon Brentführer, which was originally published in GeoDrilling International. You can read the original article here. Coastal zones have always formed focal points for human settlement and economic activity. Globally, some 37% of the world’s population lives within 100 km of the coast and two-thirds of the world’s cities are … Continue reading Seawater intrusion – a challenge for the 21st century

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Integrity risks in professional borehole drilling: preventing corruption paves the way to sustainable infrastructure

This is a guest RWSN blog by Justine Haag and Marian Ryan of the Water Integrity Network.  Integrity risks can be high in professional borehole drilling projects, particularly the risk of corruption, but too often such risks are brushed over or not even acknowledged. Some of these risks have been discussed in previous blog posts. This … Continue reading Integrity risks in professional borehole drilling: preventing corruption paves the way to sustainable infrastructure

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