Lesley: Thx for Your Post!/resources for you (from Google search)
- Dear Lesley and All,Hello and fantastic to hear from you! Also to know abt your work in Rwanda, which is absolutely essential, as lack of clean water kills or stunts the growth and health of so many people. Here are some resources, and hope they are helpful. There is an array to choose from, some focusing on the filtration itself, others on projects which involve same.Please let us know the outcome, and it would be great to collaborate on a grant in future. Also, Jeff and Joy of OVF might provide helpful info (Jeff, hope you're reading this...I'm thinking of George's work here specifically), and any of our members who may have a good system at the local level (in Africa and elsewhere). In fact, I'll ask my parent org (a Kenyan development and HIV/AIDS nonprofit), as I'm sure they'll have some feedback.With all best wishes and appreciation, Janet (Feldman, kaippg@...)http://www.ucalgary.ca/UofC/events/unicomm/Research/MANZ.HTM (this project is in Rwanda!)http://www.wateraid.org.uk/international/what_we_do/how_we_work/sustainable_technologies/default.asphttp://ec.europa.eu/research/infocentre/article_en.cfm?id=/comm/research/headlines/news/article_06_02_06_en.html&item=Infocentre&artid=1513
Water and Sanitation
The declining state of freshwater resources may become the dominant issue for the 21st Century's environment and development agenda.
Some recent projections show that by 2025 a number of countries will face absolute freshwater scarcity and many more will face acute, localised, seasonal shortages.
Poor women and men - who need water for domestic use, food security and income-generation - are most threatened by this emerging crisis, particularly those in developing countries with low, unpredictable rainfall, limited resources and rapidly growing populations.
ITDGPractical Action's work on water and sanitation is integrated into various projects in its key technology strategies. In Food Production, for instance, we assist small scale farmers in irrigation and in mitigating the impacts of drought. In Disaster Reduction, we help communities find methods of harvesting rainwater during the wet season to carry them through the dry season.
This experience - which gives ITDGPractical Action a broad view of the different end uses of the same natural resource - allows us to bring a distinctive voice to the water debate.
ITDGPractical Action tries to understand water priorities from the perspective of a poor person. For her or him, water is a key asset with a range of different uses as they try to sustain a livelihood.
A woman or man living in poverty does not make an artificial conceptual distinction between the water they require for drinking and cooking, and the water they put to productive uses such as livestock, gardens or crops, or for sale (many people derive an income from bringing water to others in their neighbourhoods).
ITDGPractical Action therefore takes a very broad, integrated view of the use of water resources. An appropriate technology option such as rainwater harvesting yields water - and poor women and men can decide how best to use that water to manage and sustain their livelihoods.
An integrated approach
ITDGPractical Action's work on water and sanitation is currently integrated into its various technology programmes. For instance:
- Shelter projects include rooftop water harvesting and sanitation, and building materials enterprises,
- Food Production projects include water for food security
- Energy projects include water-lifting and micro-hydro
- Manufacturing and Enterprise projects include water supply and distribution, and latrine emptying
- Disaster Mitigation projects address drought and flood security, and water conflict resolution
- Transport projects include the transport of water by animal traction and handcarts, for domestic and enterprise uses.
ITDGPractical Action's detailed work at community level on water and sanitation can therefore take many forms, for instance:
- training farmers in water management and irrigation
- producing donkey carts for women to transport water from long distances
- helping people who are improving their homes to catch and store rainwater from the roofs and hold it in storage tanks
Whatever the form of the appropriate technology, and whatever the setting, we are supporting people to secure and use sustainably the most precious asset for life - water.
- Compost toilet 284K
- Handpumps 292K
- Hydraulic ram pumps 190K
- Rainwater harvesting 934K
- Solar distillation 88K
- Solar (PV) water-pumping 195K
- Water hyacinths 319K
- Water supply and sanitation 116K
- Windpumps 175K
ITDGPractical Action is a key partner in Secure Water, a research project about water supply and its role in tackling poverty. A video detailing the project was screened at the third World Water Forum in Kyoto, Japan.