SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:50:32 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb Re: Saving Toilet Paper - by: JKMakowka
And while I can see some benefit to prevent clogging of plumbing due to excessive toilet paper use, I think it will have unintended negative side effects...
After all most public toilets are not only used for pure defecation. You might have a some sort of emergency that require more toilet paper to clean yourself etc.]]>
Miscellaneous - any other topic Sat, 15 Apr 2017 07:00:00 +0000
Saving Toilet Paper - by: F H Mughal
Saving Toilet Paper

A park in Beijing, China has found a high-tech solution to stop people from using excessive amounts of toilet paper (

The Temple of Heaven Park has equipped public washrooms with a paper dispenser that uses facial recognition technology to record each user and then roll out a strip of about 70 centimeters of paper for one trip to the bathroom.

The same user will have to wait for nine minutes before they can get another strip of toilet paper.

"This machine was actually designed in order to stop people from wasting toilet paper," said Lei Zhenshan, a designer and sales executive for dispenser maker Shoulian Technology.

"If the paper was put in an uncontrolled device, then people will waste it endlessly," he told Reuters Television.

While, I’m unable to catch the wisdom behind the time of 9 minutes, I have found the people here in high-class hotels waste massive quantities of toilet paper. In that context, the device is useful and helpful.

F H Mughal]]>
Miscellaneous - any other topic Fri, 14 Apr 2017 15:33:08 +0000
Re: History Of Sanitary Sewers - by: arno Thanks for this posting. There is certainly a rich array of collected materials by Jon on ; I hope this work will continue.

I noticed a rather graphic display of how engineers were thinking a hundred years ago along the Pacific coast near Los Angeles.

Miscellaneous - any other topic Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:56:48 +0000
History Of Sanitary Sewers (website by Historian, AZ Water Association, California, U.S.) - by: selva4meena is earnest attempt on recording the historical global developments of sanitary sewers Original Creation and Continuing Upkeep Facilitated by: Jon C. Schladweiler, P.E., Historian, AZ Water Association ,
AZ Water Association, NASSCO ,
Pima County Regional Water Reclamation Dept. (Jan McDonald)
Richard Cunningham, Lafayette, Ca.
Charles King, Vail, Az.
Collection Systems Committee of the Water Environment Federation
Inquiries and Donation of Materials:
Jon C. Schladweiler This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (520) 954-3754

The History of Sanitary Sewers says
"Over the past twenty years, Jon Schladweiler, the Historian of the AZ Water Association, has researched and collected materials related to the history of sewage conveyance systems. Many of these have been displayed in a traveling exhibit entitled “The Sewer History Exhibit” The overall collection of sewer history materials covers the era from approximately 3500 BCE through the 1930s CE. The purpose of this website is to house this dynamic collection of materials about the evolutionary development of sewers over the past 5500 years, and to provide a location for the sharing and distribution of information to others. The donation of additional photos, sketches, articles, books, or other sources of historical information on the history of sewers is appreciated. This website is an educational, non-profit endeavor. Its intent is to offer some insight into the history of sewers and the role its operators, engineers, and builders have played in making our environment, homes and communities better and healthier places to live.
All members are requested to have a look on this interesting web link and learn the historical evolution's Global sewer and sanitation ]]>
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Miscellaneous - any other topic Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:42:42 +0000
Re: LIST OF COMPANIES COMMITTED TO TH WATER MANDATE - by: ddiba You can find a list of the companies that have endorsed the CEO Water Mandate at the initiative's website:

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List of companies committted to the Water Mandate - by: ossai
Miscellaneous - any other topic Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:26:13 +0000
Death in Manhole - by: F H Mughal Death in Manhole

According to the news of 18 January 2017, 3 persons died in the manhole in Key Largo, Florida (

The manhole was filled with hydrogen sulfide and methane gas created from years of rotted vegetation. The manhole was 15 ft deep, and its diameter was just enough to fit a body. The workers, who were not of the utility department (they were outsourced workers), probably, had no training and, they went inside without safety measures.

According to US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), While moderate concentrations of hydrogen sulfide can cause more severe eye and respiratory irritation (including coughing, difficulty breathing, accumulation of fluid in the lungs), headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, staggering and excitability, high concentrations can cause shock, convulsions, inability to breathe, extremely rapid unconsciousness, coma and death. Effects can occur within a few breaths, and possibly a single breath.

While these accidents are common in poor developing countries, it is a bit surprising that the incident occurred in a developed country.

It is essential that the sanitary workers are taught about the safety measures, before they descend in manholes.

F H Mughal]]>
Miscellaneous - any other topic Sun, 29 Jan 2017 16:40:37 +0000
Re: Other Sanitation Networks - Complete the List with yours - by: muench
Thanks for starting this list. Could you please clarify a bit more what you meant with
We've started to compile a list of sister networks in order to solidify collaboration in the near future.

What are sister networks?

How did you choose the ones that are currently on your list? E.g. in which way would be a sister network? Isn't that only a blog?

And what is the "list of resources" that you started?

If I go to the SuSanA website and click on partner and then filter by Type: network/association I get these 28:

Is that also how you generated the list above?

What order is your list in? Perhaps convert it into alphabetical order so that it's easier to see which one is missing.

E.g. I am missing these two Dgroups:

Are you differentiating between organizations and tools?
E.g. WSSCC would be the organization but the LinkedIn Group "WSSCC‘s Community of Practice on Sanitation and Hygiene in Developing Countries" would be the tool (

How are you planning to priortise the entries in this list in future?

Miscellaneous - any other topic Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:23:21 +0000
Re: Other Sanitation Networks - Complete the List with yours - by: canaday
If you like, you may include my blog in Spanish and English:

Best wishes,
Chris Canaday]]>
Miscellaneous - any other topic Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:25:26 +0000
Other Sanitation Networks - Complete the List with yours - by: arno

LIST of RESOURCES SURVEY!! (Online sharing of Water and Sanitation Knowledge)]]>
Miscellaneous - any other topic Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:24:23 +0000
Re: Interest in Sanitation – November 2016 Sanitation Updates - Views by Country - by: muench United States come from people working for organization doing work on sanitation in developing countries. For example Unicef, WSP, WaterAid America, World Vision and the many universities and organizations in the US who have grants from the Gates Foundation.

If you look at SuSanA's membership database you have the same two countries at the front: India and the US.

Both countries also have a high total population; you could convert the numbers into % viewers from that country, and a different picture may emerge (e.g. small countries like Netherlands or Switzerland might well have a higher figure based on % of total population).

Another thing you should keep in mind is that Sanitation Updates is only available in English. Perhaps having it in other languages would lead to more readership in some countries, e.g. having it in French for the francophone African countries might be interesting.

Miscellaneous - any other topic Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:41:12 +0000
Interest in Sanitation – November 2016 Sanitation Updates - Views by Country - by: F H Mughal Interest in Sanitation – November 2016 Sanitation Updates - Views by Country

My good friend, Dan Campbell, Knowledge Creation/WASH Specialist, USAID Water Communications and Knowledge Management (CKM) Project, has shared with me, among others, extremely useful and interesting information.

The information pertains to the viewing of Nov 2016 Sanitation Updates by country. The list is attached. The list shows interest in sanitation by viewers from various countries.

The list shows that 5,627 viewers from India visited the Sanitation Updates page. This is understandable, as sanitation is a major problem in India, and India is a populous country. This is indicative of peoples’ eagerness to seek knowledge in sanitation, and solve sanitation problems in India.

Very surprisingly, the next country in the list, with highest viewers, is none other than United States, with 3,822 views. Sanitation is not a problem in a rich and developed country like United States. This leads to the question: Why so many viewers from United States? This constitute, so to say: “Believe it or Not!” I would welcome comments, especially from people living in United States, on why so many viewers from United States are interested in sanitation.

UK had 814 views. Although, there are little sanitation problems in UK, the number of viewers indicate concern of people for sanitation, though the viewers are nearly one-fourth the US viewers.

Viewers from other countries are: Philippines 532; Kenya 339; Bangladesh 277; South Africa 276; Australia 260; and Nepal 233. Though sanitation is a problem in Bangladesh, the number of viewers are relatively low. Australian viewers seem significant, considering the status of sanitation in that country.

Pakistan had 146 viewers. This shows lack of interest in sanitation, despite the fact that we have major problems of sanitation.

I’m sure, the Susana community will find the list interesting.

F H Mughal]]>
Miscellaneous - any other topic Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:48:55 +0000
“Don’t focus on smart cities. We need to grow into a smart society.” - by: AquaVerde Thomas Rau: “Don’t focus on smart cities. We need to grow into a smart society.”
What is your view on smart cities?

I think the question is irrelevant. We shouldn’t be asking ourselves how we could live in a city by making it smart and sustainable. We have to ask ourselves if we should want to live in cities at all. I often wonder why it is that so many people chose to live in such a crowded space. Isn’t it time to re-evaluate? It’s all a matter of choices, and we have to chose smart. By focusing on making cities smart, we make it an objective instead of a means. It’s a way of continuing the past, while we should transform the future.


Miscellaneous - any other topic Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:25:03 +0000
Trans Africa Pipeline ("TAP") - an 8800km water pipeline across the Sahel region of Africa - by: Templeton More information may be found at and included on our web site is a short 2 minute video about our plans. TAP needs volunteers in the countries of the proposed pipeline route. If you are interested please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thank you for considering this.]]>
Miscellaneous - any other topic Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:43:54 +0000