Proposed WASH facilities in communities lacking indoor plumbing (Holistic Water and Sanitation Project by WATEK)

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Proposed WASH facilities in communities lacking indoor plumbing

WATEK Engineering Corporation, a Maryland-based company in partnership with the University of Maryland University College graduate program in Environmental Management, is working on a proposal to set up a holistic Community Water Center (CWC) in urban communities lacking Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities in developing countries.

WATEK conducts engineering, design, study, and construction of water and wastewater systems. WATEK’s water professionals have a passion to provide clean, sanitized water and sanitation systems to densely populated areas that lack access to indoor plumbing. The Team is very interested in working with all passionate water professionals to help address water and sanitation challenges around the world.

WATEK’s pro bono concept, the Holistic Water and Sanitation Project, uses off-the-shelf technology and includes several systems of water use, packaged together as prefabricated modules CWCs to be shipped and installed in or by a village/community. Each CWC serves a minimum of 1,000 people and includes areas for dishwashing and laundry, showers, toilets, and water collection spigots for cooking, drinking, and other personal usage.

The combination of 1) CWCs; 2) a centralized drinking water treatment plant; 3) centralized wastewater Treatment Plants; and 4) a Centralized Energy Plant can service up to 10,000 people for an estimated cost of $0.10 per person per day based on a 15-year life-cycle cost analysis.

Each CWC can provide safe drinking water as well as treat used gray water from handwashing sinks and showers, which can be recycled for flushing toilets and transporting toilet waste to the centralized wastewater treatment plants. Watek’s holistic concept can be customizable depending on water source and size of community.

Please click on the link to learn more about us: www.watek.com/volunteer-projects

We are interested in establishing partnerships and working with communities where this concept can be feasible as well as working with other water and sanitation professionals involved in similar projects. All input on this subject matter is greatly appreciated.
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Re: Proposed WASH facilities in communities lacking indoor plumbing

Good evening,
Thank you very much for your brief on this proposed WASH facilities in communities lacking indoor plumbing project.
I am a project developer and keenly interested in partnership on this project for marginalized communities in kenya.
Please provide me with more details on the project.
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I am looking forward to working together with your organization.

With kind Regards,
Gordwin.
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Greetings , Many thanks for your brief on Holistic water and sanitation project. As a project developer in areas linked around sustainable development goals, i am excited to inform you about my interest in collaborating with you on this project. Your experience and expertise in actualizing this project will improve many lives of people in marginalized communities in kenya. Please provide me with details on the scope of this proposed project.

With kind Regards, Gordwin Muhambi.
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Hi Zohreh,

I looked at your website under volunteerism ( www.watek.com/volunteer-projects ) but didn'd find anything on actual sanitation projects, just your projects to provide drinking water by using Microfiltration / Ultrafiltration / MBR.

I am not so sure what's "holistic" or sustainable about this. It seems to be a small "corporate social responsibility" outreach activity by your company. But have you thought about how those communities would pay for the ongoing operation and maintenance after your technology has been provided to them (for free?)? Have you thought about project ownership and governance aspects?

Oh and on your website you state that "WATEK Engineering Forms A Partnership with SuSanA Forum" (see here: www.watek.com/volunteer-projects ). I find that a bit exaggerated. You have just made a post on the forum but that doesn't mean you have "formed a partnership" with us.

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Good Morning Elisabeth:
Thank you for your message.
The holistic concept is an idea and has not been implemented yet.
We have developed the technical and conceptual design concepts but have not considered any ownership or governance concepts. We will be happy to help with the engineering concepts and hope to work with others who can help with the financial and governance aspects of the project.
Thank you!

Zoreh Movahed, Ph.D., P.E.
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WATEK Engineering Corporation
604 South Frederick Avenue, Suite 309
Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA 20877
Phone: 240-780-7676
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