SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:24:38 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb Safer siting of sanitation systems : An introduction to criteria for risk reduction to groundwater quality - by: kanalwolf
In response to the discussions on the forum with regard to the safe siting of sanitation systems we thought to draft a small "checklist"-document on this topic.

The intention is to illustrate the most basic rules, to raise awareness and to inform about entry points for a more detailed approach.

Attached you find a first draft document, not for quotation but as an invitation to comments and suggestions for improvement.

We hope to discuss the suitability, usefulness and the content of the checklist-document during the upcoming SuSanA Meeting in Stockholm, 5.+6th of September. If there is sufficient interest, we will have a working group meeting on the 6th of September, 11:00-13:00 in Stockholm.
SuSanA draft meeting agenda

Kind regards,

Dr. Leif Wolf
SuSanA WG11 co-lead]]>
WG 11 (groundwater) Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:54:09 +0000
UPGro: major research grant for groundwater & poverty studies in Sub-Saharan Africa - by: SeanFurey UPGro: Unlocking the Potential for Groundwater for the Poor is a UK-funded research programme, and we at Skat/RWSN are the Knowledge Brokers. So we're excited to announce a new call for research proposals:

This £12m programme is an international programme funding interdisciplinary research, generating evidence and innovative tools to enable developing countries and their partners in sub-Saharan Africa to use groundwater in a sustainable way for the ultimate benefit of the poor.

This call is for outline Consortium Grant proposals which will provide an opportunity for the world's best researchers to undertake large-scale, complex and interdisciplinary social and natural science research addressing the programme's aim of enabling sustainable use of groundwater for the benefit of the poor. It is also an opportunity to further develop interdisciplinary teams that bring together developing and developed country scientists.

Proposals are invited for funding of up to £1·9m (FEC). This call has a total available budget of up to £7·6m. Projects will be funded for a maximum duration of four years.

For more details visit:

If you want to look for potential Consortium partners, we are encouraging people to post who they are, where they are and their research interests on the RWSN Groundwater group:

It would be great to see some studies that include a sanitation-groundwater component!


WG 11 (groundwater) Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:01:02 +0000
Sanitation and Groundwater: Guidelines for assessing the risk to groundwater from on-site sanitation (from 2001) - by: F H Mughal Guidelines for Assessing the Risk to Groundwater from On-site Sanitation (ARGOSS). I'm attaching the publication, which, I'm sure, must be useful for the colleagues on this forum.

F H Mughal]]>
WG 11 (groundwater) Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:14:42 +0000
Re: The Impact of Pit Latrines on Groundwater Quality - by: Juergen
thanks for the input; the 50-days rule is also applicable in the European Union, as far as I do know. Anyway, apart from good practices in well construction - these are really well and long-term established standards...-, the behaviour of virus might be very different from the behaviour of bacteria -as e. coli- in groundwater.

We should be careful on judging on transport of organic matter and bacteria around newly built wells and wells approaching their mid-term life expectance (i.e., from 10 to 25 years) since around older wells we might find well-established bodies of organic -living- matter of algae and bacteria forming organic fleeces around the well and possibly enabling e. coli and other not-so-harmless bacteria to reproduce, spread and survive longer in groundwater. Evidence for this is known, e.g., from the spread of f. cholerae in the Sundarbans in India and Bangladesh, where even seasonal influences as algae growth in rivers at the inset of the monsoon have their effect on bacteria inside wells fairly distant from these rivers.

Again, wells built following the established standards are the first and best protection against groundwater pollution through organic matter - and only samples taken from such wells allow hydrogeological guesstimates (or better) of transport distances and possible spatial extensions of plumes of pollution and transport velocities. All data taken from wells not corresponding to such standards, such as I mentioned from Sindh, just display faecal contamination or -generally- organic substances in the groundwater around these wells, without allowing judgement on the source of contamination itself.

Best regards,

WG 11 (groundwater) Tue, 27 Aug 2013 10:13:50 +0000