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(Wikipedia is really great for collaborating across sectors, countries, experience levels...)

As Wikipedia is a "web of knowledge" it is important to add Wikipedia-links from other articles to this one. So far we have thought of linking FROM the following articles TO this article:

Hygiene ‎
Sanitation ‎
Rainwater harvesting ‎
Off-the-grid ‎
Hand pump ‎
Community-led total sanitation ‎
Portable water purification ‎
Rope pump ‎
Water supply and sanitation in Bolivia ‎
Water well ‎
Safe household water storage ‎
Water supply and sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa ‎
Water supply and sanitation in Zimbabwe ‎
Container-based sanitation ‎
Household-led water supply (redirect page) ‎
Emergency sanitation ‎


Have we missed any other topics that should be interlinked?

Wikipedia Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:43:24 +0200
Emergency Sanitation - Can you contribute to the Wikipedia Article? - by: tamagawacraft Trail running races are also important for the training of Emergency Sanitation.
Wikipedia Tue, 16 May 2017 14:36:44 +0200
Translating Wikipedia articles in Marathi (a language spoken in India) - by: muench
Thanks for volunteering to translate Wikipedia articles to Marathi, a language spoken in India.
I looked it up in the list of other-language Wikipedias: there are currently about 50,000 articles in Marathi, see here:

To answer your questions:

1. Which wikipedia articles have been done with the editing part so that I can translate them in Marathi

A Wikipedia article is never "complete" but you can look for those that have a high quality rating, like "featured article" or "A", or "B".
We have categorised the sanitation articles according to quality here:

But if I were you, I would take articles that have really high click rates or that are very relevant for India.

Click rates you can check here:

This article has high click rates and is highly relevant for India (but the English version has only quality C so far):

Another way to look at it is to see what are the important terms for lay persons. We have listed them here (the Top-10):

Top-10 articles on general WASH topics for laypersons:
Sustainable Development Goals
World Water Day
World Toilet Day
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
Public toilet
Open defecation

I hope this gives you some guidance.

2. Is there any word limit for the translated articles?

No there is no word limit.

3. Do I need to translate the references / citations too?

No. But if you find additional references in Marathi, then please add them.

Perhaps you could have a look at some articles in Hindi first and see how it was done there. Hindi has 120,000 articles in Wikipedia (actually I thought it would be more).

By the way, I know there are people active in translating from English to Odia for the offline Wikipedia medical content (Kiwix), see here:

I could try to put you in touch with some people there.

Make sure that when you start translating you use the translation tool provided by Wikipedia. See e.g. here:

Let us know how you get on. Good luck!

Languages other than English Tue, 16 May 2017 14:24:48 +0200
Wikipedia Editing together with other SuSanA members every Wednesday - by: muench
I think they've done an awesome job and have progressed the WASH topics on Wikipedia significantly in English and in French!

If you want to use the opportunity today to learn from them, to say hi, or to ask your own Wikipedia questions live, then come and join us in the virtual workroom TODAY.

Here is the link:

The students will be in the room from 2-6 pm GMT, and I am in the room on and off all day today.

This is the last Wednesday for the students but it would be easy to keep this tradition going if any SuSanA members want to make use of this virtual workroom to connect and to collaborate on Wikipedia editing. Just let me know?

And if you are a lecturer and have access to undergraduate or postgraduate students, how about setting up something similar with them?
Wikipedia has many tools and examples for setting up "Wikipedia editing assignments":

Wikipedia Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:52:09 +0200
New Wikipedia article on Container-based Sanitation - by: kojohoward That is a very interesting point you raise there.

I think the main concept of the CBS system is containment of the excreta in sealable containers and transportation of the excreta off site for treatment (with emphasis on those two main activities along the sanitation chain).

The mention of portable toilets is because of the models adopted in provision of the service. I mean in the case of Clean team Ghana for instance, they provide the toilets for free and users pay periodically for collection of the excreta. Using portable toilets in this case makes it easy for the clean team to seize the toilets when users fault in payment.

I must say that the article should be changed to read "...usually portable toilets.." as you have pointed out that portable toilets are not used in all cases.

The UDDTs are usually descriptions of the toilet user interfaces. So a UDDT can also be used as an onsite composting latrine for instance.

Wikipedia Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:27:07 +0200
Wikipedia article on "Reuse of excreta" - ongoing improvements - by: muench
I have recently done some work on improving the Wikipedia article on "Reuse of excreta".

Please take a look and tell me what you think:

The editing work was prompted by a new publication from Kim Andersson which I have now included in four places:
Andersson, K., Rosemarin, A., Lamizana, B., Kvarnström, E., McConville, J., Seidu, R., Dickin, S. and Trimmer, C. (2016). Sanitation, Wastewater Management and Sustainability: from Waste Disposal to Resource Recovery. Nairobi and Stockholm: United Nations Environment Programme and Stockholm Environment Institute. ISBN 978-92-807-3488-1

Whenever you publish something important, think about which Wikipedia article might be enriched by adding that publication as a reference. It is easy: Just pull out the key statements from your publication and add them to the article - ensuring that they are phrased in a way that can be understood by lay persons (think of your mother, father, parents-in-law or adult children!). Or look for existing statements in the article that could benefit by an additional citation by adding your publication as a reference.

This is a great way of disseminating your publications further, don't you think?

Further changes I made to the article:
  • I ried to make it clearer that this is about use of organic matter and energy contained in excreta, NOT about the water content (which is dealt with in the Wikipedia article on "reclaimed water":
  • I moved the other, non-fertiliser uses towards the end of the article to make it clear that most of the article is about fertiliser-type uses.
As always, comments and further improvements are welcome!

Wikipedia Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:10:31 +0200
[In French] C'est parti ! Prioritized list of French articles to edit in Wikipedia! - by: JulyG
The Cranfield team is glad to announce that 13 articles have been translated into French.
Part of them are completly translated, others have only the leads translated, which encourage people to further edit them later. We also have worked on improving some articles where the LEAD where not developped.
Please see below the link of the articles

---- Articles recently translated to French from English article ----
- Changement de Comportement (Behavior Change)
- Gestion des boues fécales (Feacal Sludge Management)
- Défécation à l'air libre (Open defecation)
- Toilettes sèches à séparation d'urine (Urine-diverting dry toilet)
- Journée mondiale des toilettes (World Toilet Day)

---- French Articles created with only LEAD part translated from English version ----
- EcoSan (Ecological Sanitation)
- Assainissement Durable (Sustainable Sanitation)
- Engrais Organique (Organic Fertilizer)
- Journée Mondiale de l'hygiène menstruelle (Menstrual Hygiene Day)
- Journée Mondiale du lavage des mains (Global Handwashing Day)

---- French articles edited & improved ----
- Eau, Assainissement et Hygiène / EAH (WASH)
- Helminthiase (Helminthiasis)
- Assainissement (Sanitation)

Next week is our last Wednesday of Wikipedia edition (in both French and English) as part of our contract with SuSanA but hopefully not the last ones! We are hoping you could improve the articles as well, each contributions worth it and is useful!
Meet us on the Adobe Connect room next Wednesday if you are available even for a short time!

All the best,
The Cranfield Team]]>
Languages other than English Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:58:39 +0200
Article on vermifilters / vermidigesters on Wikipedia - ongoing improvements - by: goeco ]]> Wikipedia Tue, 18 Apr 2017 02:52:57 +0200 New Wikipedia articles in French: Journée mondiale des toilettes, Toilette séparateur d'urine (Nouveaux articles Wikipédia en français) - by: JulyG
About the name, it is true that the "dry" is not on the article title now, it has been changed now.

Otherwise, only a part of the English page has been translated into French and for the rest only the leads have been translated into French. Those paragraphs are all yours French speakers willing to help in knowledge share :)

Please find the UDDT French page here :

All the best,
Cranfield team]]>
Languages other than English Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:36:56 +0200
Watsan or WASH for the French Wikipedia article? - by: JulyG
Suite aux questions concernant l'emploi de WASH ou Watsan dans le jargon français, les modifications suivantes ont été apportées.
L'article Watsan a été renommé en "Eau, Assainissement et Hygiène" et les pages WASH et EAH sont en copie au début de l'article.
Voici le lien,_assainissement_et_hygi%C3%A8ne

N'hésitez pas à aller le modifier.

Bonne journée,

Hello everyone,

Regarding the use of Watsan or WASH or EAH few modifications have been made.
The Watsan article has been renamed into Eau, Assainissement et Hygiène, and WASH and EAH page links are in the top of the page.

Here is the page link,_assainissement_et_hygi%C3%A8ne

Please feel free to contribute yourself,

Languages other than English Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:18:43 +0200
Improved Wikipedia article about vacuum truck / vacuum tanker - by: muench
Thanks for your inputs to the Wikipedia article on vacuum trucks!
Christoph, it's OK to modify the content even if you don't have a reference at hand for each statement. I think it's OK for such practical topics like vacuum tanks (it would not be OK for health related content as Wikipedia is stricter there). If needed, one can always add the {{citation needed}} tag, too.

Anyway, so I have changed the lead section as per your suggestion, it is now:

A vacuum truck or vacuum tanker is a type of tank truck that has a pump and a tank, designed to pneumatically suck liquids, sludges (such as fecal sludge), slurries or sand/water mixtures without the contact of any mechanical equipment. They are used to transport sanitary waste (human excreta mixed with water, e.g. from septic tanks) as well as for some industrial liquids or slurries. They can be equipped with a high pressure pump if they are used to clean out sewers from sand.
Vacuum truck are used to transport the collected material to a treatment or disposal site, for example a sewage treatment plant.

The other things that you mentioned have also been changed, partly by Kris, partly by me. However, I got a bit lost in the part about the typical maximum lift. Could you please take another look (also addressing the question that Kris asked in his post before this one?).

If it's easier then just go ahead and make the edits in the Wikipedia article (or explain to me what needs to be changed).

Thanks a lot! I am learning a lot about vacuum tanks by trying to clarify these things about lift and suction hose length etc.!

Wikipedia Tue, 11 Apr 2017 22:58:40 +0200
Improving the Wikipedia article on groundwater pollution - by: mmadrid
Certainly, the Groundwater Pollution article has been improved a bit in terms of content. However, a few issues regarding the reference format may still remain. I’m also checking a few more pictures that can be added to the article. And I would love help develop the content for a new article on “Groundwater Protection” and continue with the version in Spanish; but I find Wikipedia editing itself a bit tricky. Any experienced Wikipedia editor out there in WG11?

Wikipedia Sun, 09 Apr 2017 21:59:44 +0200
New Wikipedia article on decentralized wastewater systems - by: JKMakowka Wikipedia Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:04:04 +0200 Wikipedia translation tool - what's better, translate the entire article or the leads only? Does it get overwritten? - by: canaday
It seems Wikipedia only allows one person to translate a given page and any changes would have to be made after it is published.

In the case of very large pages, it may be convenient for teams to translate them and then the leader of each team can copy and paste the texts into place.

Let's remember that different people can contribute to Wikipedia in different ways. One person can translate, another can cite bibliography, another can add photos (esp. if he or she has lots of good, relevant photos of his or her own), etc.

Best wishes,
Chris Canaday
(PS: The website logs me out at random. If it gives me the page for posting on, it is understood that I am logged in.)]]>
Languages other than English Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:01:58 +0200
Improving the Wikipedia article on "Human right to water and sanitation" (formerly called "Right to water" - by: abrown Talk page under the "Further improvements..." sub-heading.

What was done?
  • Elisabeth set in motion the name change. The page used to be called Human Right to Water. She was finally able to get approval to change the name to Human Right to Water and Sanitation.
  • I made editorial/grammatical changes to the article. I updated the "Introduction," "International Context," and "Legal Foundations" sections. These sections took a surprisingly long time (almost two whole days) because there were some factual errors, and the material was not reader friendly.
  • I double-checked references to the above sections, and removed inaccurate ones.
  • I made sure the chronology of the resolutions was clearly noted in the article, and specified the difference between the 2010 and 2015 resolutions.
  • I haven't done it yet, but am planning on finishing the "Critiques/Alternatives" section referencing the scholars listed on the Talk page.
What still needs to be done?
  • Basic editorial/grammatical changes needed to the rest of the article starting with the section "International Jurisprudence."
  • The "International Context" section could be updated to have more of a focus on sanitation.
  • A section could be added on Human Right to Water and Sanitation actions/movements.
  • Cross links need to be added from other articles to this article. For example, it could be more prominently displayed in the "Human Rights" article. There are also many other articles that could be linked to this article. Please see the conversation on the Talk page under the "Linking to this article" section for more information.
Wikipedia Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:50:05 +0200