SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:00:26 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb Re: Sanitation news in the RUAF Updates - by: secretariat
WASH - Bangladesh: Workshop on Productive Use of Wastes for Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture
With Hope for the Poorest (HP-ASA), Practical Action Bangladesh (PAB), and WASTE, RUAF organised a workshop on Productive Use of Wastes for Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture in Satkhira, Bangladesh on 28 April 2014. The workshop was a first collaborative activity of RUAF with the Bangladesh Urban WASH Alliance. About 30 participants, including farmers, city authorities, fertiliser suppliers, research and extension and various NGOs, discussed and agreed on specific WAH interventions in Satkira. Information on on-going work of RUAF partners in other countries, and on existing practices by Practical Action in Bangladesh were shared and discussed. RUAF, HP-ASA and PAB are currently working out a programme for the next year. For more information contac t: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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New publications Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:48:10 +0000
Links to recent posts on sanitation/WASH research on WASHplus and IRC/WASHplus blogs - by: campbelldb --------------------------------------------------

Sanitation Updates
- The toilet tripod: Understanding successful sanitation in rural India
- Practical Action – How bicycles are the workhorses of water and sanitation projects
- Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Programs as a Strategy to Advance Maternal Health
- iDE Cambodia hits 100,000 toilet sales in 2 years

Urban Health Updates -
- India – Safe Drinking Water in Slums From Water Coverage to Water Quality
- Descending the sanitation ladder in urban Uganda: evidence from Kampala Slums
Innovation Exchange -
- The Future Technologies for Water Competition
- Have a Thirst for Knowledge? Introducing the Drinkable Book
WASH Nutrition library -
- A single genus in the gut microbiome reflects host preference and specificity
- Steve Luby – Reducing environmental enteropathy and child growth faltering
- Malnutrition ‘damages gut bacteria’ – Nature, June 2014
Drinking Water Quality Updates -
- MS2 Bacteriophage Reduction and Microbial Communities in Biosand Filters
- Ceramic water filters impregnated with silver nanoparticles as a point-of-use water-treatment intervention for HIV-positive individuals
- Safety of packaged water distribution limited by household recontamination in rural Cambodia
- Business model innovation in the water sector in developing countries
New publications Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:05:07 +0000
Germany: DWA-A 272 working paper about "implementation of New Alternative Sanitation Systems" published (in German) - by: Staeudel
The German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA) is the leading German organization for experts in the related fields and one of the largest organizations of its kind in Europe.

As the DWA defines the state-of-the-art for many thousands of planers and decision-makers in Germany and beyond, the release of the DWA-A 272 working paper is a big leap forward regarding the implementation of sustainable sanitation methods and technologies in Germany. And hopefully this will just be the start of many more to come.

Please refer to:
Working paper DWA-A272
on the DWA-Website where you can also see the table of contents of this publication (under "Vorschau").
Price: 43,50 €]]>
New publications Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:50:52 +0000
A SWOT on Safe Water Supply and Sustainable Sanitation System & Innovative Greywater Treatment Systems ! - by: nazimuddin
The following papers have been published recently. Hope they will be useful.

A strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats analysis on integrating safe water supply and sustainable sanitation systems

Opportunities and challenges of greywater treatment and reuse in Mongolia: lessons learnt from the piloted systems

Best regards

New publications Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:13:15 +0000
Violence, Gender and WASH – A Practitioner’s Toolkit - by: F H Mughal has developed a toolkit designed to help practitioners to better recognise the risks of violence linked to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and provide guidance on what WASH practitioners can do to reduce these vulnerabilities to violence. This practitioner’s toolkit, funded by DFID, focuses on increasing understanding of the scale and specific nature of the problem. The toolkit has been developed by Sarah House, Suzanne Ferron, Dr Marni Sommer and Sue Cavill, with contributions from a wide range of actors. Co-published by 27 organisations, the toolkit brings together evidence, best practice, tools and policy responses to help make WASH safer and more effective – particularly for women and girls and people from marginalised groups.

The toolkit was launched on the 9 June 2014 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine at an event Chaired by David Woolnough, Senior Energy and Water Advisor for the UK Government Department for International Development (DFID).

The toolkit can be accessed through this link:

F H Mughal]]>
New publications Sat, 14 Jun 2014 17:05:07 +0000
Water Policy & Practice Update - by: secretariat
We would like to inform you about a new database and a guide for waste water utilities:

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has added a waste water section to its AQUASTAT database, which provides data on the availability and use of municipal waste water. Check out more using the following link to the news article:

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has published a guide to managing water utility assets, aimed at helping utility managers reduce water losses, improve services and finance ongoing maintenance operations. The guide is intended to help improve sustainability of operations and realize the full benefits of ADB loans for water supply.

Find more information in the news article here:

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New publications Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:58:31 +0000
CLUES now also in Spanish - by: phreymon .

The CLUES approach presents comprehensive guidelines for the planning and implementation of sanitation infrastructure and services in urban, peri-urban and rural neighbourhoods and communities. It is a multi-sector and multi-stakeholder approach accounting for water supply, sanitation, solid waste management and storm drainage. It emphasises the participation of all stakeholders from an early stage in the planning process and focuses on the enabling environment necessary for sustainable outcomes.

A launching and training workshop took place in Quito from 2 to 4 April 2014, co-organised by the Subsecretary for Water and Sanitation (SENAGUA), the Association of Ecuadorian Municipalities (AME) and UN-Habitat Ecuador. Such workshop provides the participants a wider understanding of integrated and participatory sanitation planning and help them implement sanitation projects in urban, peri-urban or rural neighbourhoods and communities in a structured and sustainable way.

Pls also disseminate the news via your networks in Facebook, by sharing the announcement on Sandec page:]]>
New publications Sat, 07 Jun 2014 13:47:18 +0000
Review of law and policy to protect water bodies in Bangladesh - by: smalam Note by moderator: I don't understand this post. Can you please introduce yourself and provide a link or attachment (since you posted under "New publications")? Please also follow the guidelines for making good posts, which you can see here:


Review of law and policy to protect water bodies in Bangladesh
Syed Mahbubul Alam, LLB
Advocate, Policy Analyst
Director, WBB Trust

Bangladesh is a land of river/canals and large sources of drinking water. Apart from natural water bodies, this country has innumerous artificially created water resources like, ponds, lakes and canals. In order to eliminate the shortage of drinking water a large number of artificial reservoirs had been created here. But in course of time, the natural and artificial water reservoirs had been subjected to pollution, forceful possession and filling up.

In the recent years, the level of incidence of forceful possession of water bodies have grown in great numbers. The water bodies in this country are being forcefully possessed filled up and polluted both by Govt. and non-Govt. agencies. Although there is no clear cut legislation towards protection of water bodies under private ownership, there are laws to protect the natural reservoirs. But lack of coordination among the responsible department, weak enforcement of laws, limitation of proper planning and monitoring, due to lack of planning and foresight many a reservoirs in this land have been destroyed.
Due to relentless activities of environment concerned people and organizations towards conservation of the country's water bodies, the Government has expected to take a wide spread programme with a view to protect the water bodies. These programme includes, creation and amendment of laws, enhancement of authorities of institutions, monitoring and strengthening of enforcement of legislation's. Maintenance of strict view of the Apex Court towards conservation of water bodies, enforcement of the existing laws has gathered momentum to a great extent. Application and enforcement of these legislation's can play a notable role in the conservation of water reservoirs of the country.

In accordance with the National Drinking Water Policy, National Drinking Water Resources Council has been instituted consisting of representatives from different Ministries. The Council will bear all the responsibilities related to materialization of the water arrangement programme and the water resources planning commission will look after the secretarial activities of the council. The Government is associated with more than 40 organizations regarding water arrangement issues. There are certain specific laws for management of drinking water. However, in the laws and policies of other organizations drinking water, conservation and management of water bodieshave been emphasized.
In Bangladesh the following policies are there with regard to drinking water and water bodies:

National Drinking Water Policy (1999), National Environment Policy (1992), National Fish Polity (1998, National Water Supply and Drainage Policy (1998), National Agriculture Policy (1999), National Forestry Policy (1998), National Industry Policy (2010), National Naval Policies (2000), National Land Policy[4], National Water Management Plan, Coastal Zone Policy.

In Bangladesh the following legislation's are there with regard to drinking water and water bodies:
Bangladesh Water Act, 2013, National River Protection Commission Act, 2013, All Playgrounds of Municipal Area, Open Area, Park and natural water reservoir including Municipal Area of City, Divisional Town & District Town, Conservation Act, 2000, Water Resource Planning Act, 1992, Bangladesh Water Development Board Act, 2000, Ground Water Management Ordinance (1985), Bangladesh Environment Conservation Act, 1995, The Canal Act, 1864, The Embankment & Drainage Act, 1952[, Water Supply and Drainage Authority Act, 1996, Real Estate Development and Control Act, 2010, The Ports Act, 1908, The Public Parks Act, 1904,The Irrigation Act, 1876,The Tanks Improvement Act, 1939,The Cantonments Act, 1924,The Territorial Waters and Maritime Zones Act, 1974, Local Government (Municipal) Act, 2009, Local Government (City Corporation) Act. 2009, Local Government (Union Council) Act.

There are a number of water related laws and different organizations are associated with these. These legislation's can be divided into two segments one, practical or conservation related and the other laws related to use of water resources. Here the water resources or waterbodies conservation related laws are analyzed.]]>
New publications Tue, 27 May 2014 12:38:45 +0000
Approaches in Sanitation - New ADB Publication From Toilets to Rivers - Experiences, New Opportunities, and Innovative Solutions - by: F H Mughal “From Toilets to Rivers - Experiences, New Opportunities, and Innovative Solutions” ( that document case histories around the world on best practices.

Case histories have been classified under various eye-catching headings, like innovations, governance, energy recovery, constructed wetlands, on-site sanitation, wastewater reuse, etc. According to ADB, the compilation of good practices and working models intends to show that sustainable sanitation is possible, and aims to inspire replication, institutionalization of sanitation both in policy and practice, and scaling up of investments.

Various project briefs are appealing and note-worthy, and it is clear that the publication is the result of hard work put in by the ADB and IWA staff. They deserve a pat on their back for producing a useful publication.

I have, however, a minor observation. The projects, highlighted in the document, are generally costly approaches. I think, in poor developing countries, low-cost approaches would be more appropriate. In areas, where people resort to open defecation, simple sanitation measures that conveys sewage hygienically and treats in low-cost wastewater treatment plants, are far more desirable than costly propositions.

The document has a section on low-cost sewerage systems ( the simplified sewerage systems, advocated by Duncan Mara of Leeds University, nearly 3 decades back), but that is only one part – conveying of sewage in shallow-depth, small-bore sewer system . The other part, that of low-cost wastewater treatment systems, is missing.

The title of the report says: From Toilets to Rivers. There is nothing on the “rivers” side, though it is known that the treated wastewater, quite often, is discharged in receiving streams. I reckon, the title “Rational Approaches in Sanitation,” would have been more appropriate. Nevertheless, it is an excellent publication, and the colleagues on this Forum must look at the project briefs.

F H Mughal
PS: I'm also attaching the publication, in case the link doesn't work.]]>
New publications Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:00:54 +0000
Re: Resources #2: review of publications on water, sanitation and hygiene in developing countries - by: F H Mughal
This is interesting - WASH publications in developing countries. Could I kindly suggest for inclusion of two more sections - one on Innovations in WASH sector, or emerging technologies; and the other on blogs in the WASH field. Thank you


F H Mughal]]>
New publications Wed, 26 Mar 2014 05:20:44 +0000
Resources #2: review of publications on water, sanitation and hygiene in developing countries - by: denis]]>
New publications Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:37:48 +0000
Re: Towards total sanitation workshop report - key findings - by: F H Mughal
Thank you for sharing a very interesting publication. The four findings perfectly reflect actual sanitation scenario, quite often in a developing country. It is a good strategy for sanitation scale-up.

However, I would like to add one more point, and that is:

Desirable, or affordable, sanitation (if the outlook is broad enough), or toilets (if we limit ourselves to the establishment of toilets only). I think, that sets the context, aim, or goal.

Nevertheless, it is good of you for sharing this useful publication. Thank you,


F H Mughal]]>
New publications Sun, 09 Mar 2014 12:00:26 +0000
Towards total sanitation workshop report - key findings - by: dietvorst workshop ”Towards sustainable total sanitation”. The workshop was organised by IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre in partnership with WaterAid, SNV and UNICEF.

The key findings of the workshop a presented in a new report, which is divided into four categories, covering the four conditions to trigger a service:

  • strengthening the enabling environment
  • demand creation and advocacy to change behaviour
  • strengthening the supply chain, and
  • appropriate incentives and financial arrangements
New publications Sat, 08 Mar 2014 14:06:37 +0000
Realizing Sanitation and Hygiene for All: Horizon International invites you to share and submit articles for possible inclusion in series. - by: jselendy focuses on the background of the problem and what it means for nearly half the people of the developing world who lack adequate sanitation and hygiene. This article is largely based on and contains many quotes from our book, Water and Sanitation Related Diseases and the Environment: Challenges, Interventions, and Preventive Measures, a Wiley-Blackwell collaboration with Horizon International.]]> New publications Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:43:09 +0000 FYI: workbook "Guided Choices towards a Circular Business Model" for SME’s - by: AquaVerde Workbook 'Circular Economy' for Companies

The workbook ‘Guided Choices towards a Circular Business Model’ supports companies to find out how the Circular Economy can be of value for them. The workbook is meant as a source of inspiration and support for SME’s. The title is a promise: the workbook provides guided choices towards a circular business model. The workbook is meant to be a source of inspiration and support for small- and medium enterprises (SME’s) that want to enter the Circular Economy. The focus is on the choices that companies need to make in their search for a circular business model. Each company is different and makes different choices. The workbook shows there are multiple solutions for the same problem. Based on the given possibilities the best solution for each company can be created. The workbook supports raising awareness, learning about the situation of the company and it’s partners, product (re-)design, service redesign and testing concepts in a business model calculation.

PDF 50 pages]]>
New publications Thu, 02 Jan 2014 20:19:05 +0000