The public might be missing a point
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The public might be missing a point 23 Nov 2012 16:48 #2717

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Dear all,

I have interacted with a cross-section of people in rural and urban, both male and female in different age groups regarding the use of clean water. I have been asking a simply question. Are you cautious of the water quality in all its use? most people mind the quality only when it comes to drinking. They further say that on several occasion they have been approached by healthy workers advising them to boil and filter water for drinking. A mother does not mind the quality of water she uses to the baby bath. People who say that they do not drink unboiled tap water does not mind drinking clean water from wet a water glass just washed at the tap.

I have a feeling that the public is not getting message right or the message passed to them emphasis drinking and ignores contact of contaminated water as danger.

Deo
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Re: The public might be missing a point 23 Nov 2012 17:47 #2718

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That is the reason why a generally improved water source for all water in the household is always preferrable to a house-hold water treatment system that only treats the water used for drinking for the most part.

Besides that, I just heared a presentation about recent research done in one of Kampalas slums, that the water quality was actually not improved by boiling it (which people mostly did) since it was stored in dirty containers with no taps afterwards. Not really all that surprising, but definitly bad news for the people as they spend a considerable amount of their income to boil the water.

It is really often not so much a problem of contaminated drinking water, but rather on of generally bad hygienic conditions.

However... one can spin this further... many cases of faecal oral diseases are actually not transmitted by the ingested water, but by contaminated food, which is maybe even more of a problem then contaminated drinking water.
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Re: The public might be missing a point 25 Nov 2012 07:29 #2725

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Dear Makowka

Some research on Recontamination of drinking water between source and point of use was supported by GIZ Uganda and done by Thomas Schneider on Water Supply in Kampala slums in 2008.

An abridged version of the paper appeared in the Africa Water & Sanitation Jan-Apr 2009 edition and entitled Safe until the End? by the same author.

Also in the same edition a similar paper was submitted by GIZ Water Sector Reform Programme and Water Services Trust Fund,Nairobi Kenya entitled Making Safe Water and Adequate Sanitation Accessible to the Urban Poor by Sheillah Karimi and Han Seur.

Please visit our website www.afriwater.org / publications and link to Publications for the year 2009 for information.

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Re: The public might be missing a point 25 Nov 2012 09:31 #2726

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Thanks for the link, yes that research had similar findings. However they are also promoting HWTS, whose overall effectiveness is the discussion in this thread.
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Re: The public might be missing a point 26 Nov 2012 08:39 #2731

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Dear all

Mr. Makowka pointed out that, many cases of faecal oral diseases are actually not transmitted by the ingested water, but by contaminated food, which is maybe even more of a problem then contaminated drinking water.

In my view i thank there more water contacts than food (in African setup most of the food is cooked with few cases of fruits) however if there is any remember with some research data showing that transmission is more by contaminated food(particularly in for East Africa). Please i would wish to get it.

Deo
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Last Edit: 26 Nov 2012 11:54 by CAGIEA. Reason: correction
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