Water Technology

This is an article entitled, “Singapore Becomes a Model for Water Technology and Reuse,” by the Agence France Presse. Singapore now has the capability to generate much of its own water and is well-vested in recycling used water.

This page is entitled Preventing Bacterial Waterborne Diseases. It includes a disease listing, general information, technical information, and additional information.

Charity: water is a nonprofit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. They give 100 percent of money raised to direct project costs, funding sustainable clean water solutions in areas of greatest need. Charity: water partners with local organizations in each country where they work, choosing the partners based on expertise and the ability to impact real, sustainable change in the communities they benefit. Since Charity: world was founded and began activity in August 2006, they have funded the construction of more than 1,247 wells that, when completed, will provide clean drinking water to 650,000 people.

Drop in the Bucket is dedicated to combating the deadly water crisis that threatens 1.1 billion people every day without safe water, by installing water wells and sanitation systems at schools and villages throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Providing clean water in Africa is their main objective with a primary focus on children. Therefore the majority of their water wells and sanitation projects are geared toward schools and orphanages.

This site is maintained by Castle International Resources, the manufacturer of HydroSource. This product is used agriculturally, and absorbs water and nutrients, making them continuously available to plants. It reduces labor of garden preparation, watering, weeding, and pest control. It greatly increases growth rate and food production. They also sell the Chapin Bucket Irrigation Kit, an irrigating tool which provides the water pressure for the gravity flow irrigation.

The International Center for Water Technology was established to provide education and research to assist in developing and adopting innovative solutions and technologies that improve water use efficiency. The program’s broad mandate includes water supply and quality; flood protection; and environmental enhancement. Activities focus on extended education, laboratory and field research, and policy development.

IWA is comprised of leading water professionals in science, research, technology and practice. There are 10,000 individual and 400 corporate members, spread across 130 countries. IWA runs a series of events, projects, interest and specialist groups helping members to share views, enhance knowledge and contribute to water development worldwide.

KickStart is a nonprofit organization that develops and markets new technologies in Africa. These low-cost technologies are bought by local entrepreneurs and used to establish highly profitable new small businesses. They specialize in treadle-operated water pumps.

Presented here are the overview and full report of Investing in Development, the final report of the UN Millennium Project. The overview is available here in six languages in PDF format; the English overview is available in HTML format using the navigation at the left on the Overview Report page. The task force reports are also available in PDF format.

This is an informative piece on the role of schools in sanitation and water supply, with links to case studies. UNICEF and its partners focus resources on improving the health of school-aged children, highlighting the need for hygiene promotion, life skills development and water, sanitation and hand-washing facilities in schools.

This site provides a comprehensive global directory on environmentally sound technologies. To promote the adoption of environmentally sound technologies, IETC has created and developed a searchable EST-database called maESTro. maESTro is a comprehensive global directory database providing information about ESTs, institutions and other sources of information. IETC and EST contributors regularly update information within maESTro.

The Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, together with states, tribes, and its many partners, protects public health by ensuring safe drinking water and protecting ground water. OGWDW, along with EPA’s ten regional drinking water programs, oversees implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act, which is the national law safeguarding tap water in America.

WaterAid is a leading independent nonprofit organization that enables the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education. WaterAid is headquartered in London, with independent alliance members in the United States and Australia, and offices in the 17 African, Asian and Pacific nations where they currently work. WaterAid helps deliver safe water, sanitation and hygiene education to some of the world’s poorest people in developing countries.

Formed in 1928, the Water Environment Federation is a nonprofit technical and educational organization with 35,000 individual members and 75 affiliated member associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF and its member associations work to achieve their mission of preserving and enhancing the global water environment. WEF and its global network of member associations help provide water quality professionals with the latest in water quality education, training, and business opportunities.

Water For People helps people in developing countries improve their quality of life by supporting the development of locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities and health and hygiene education programs.

Water Technology provides the latest in news, views and project information from the water industry internationally, covering industrial and municipal wastewater treatment and water supply and transmission. Water Technology reaches leading engineers and technologists in the water utilities sector.

Wells for Zoë is dedicated to the provision of safe drinking water and water storage for irrigation in four remote rural areas of Malawi. Wells for Zoë concentrates on low cost, small scale, appropriate and sustainable water technology. Wells are hand dug, jetted and fitted with a Canzee hand pump.

This is an article entitled, “Emerging issues in water and infectious disease.” New diseases, including water-related diseases, periodically emerge either because they are newly recognized or because their importance increases. This may be due to the micro-organisms themselves evolving, to changes in the way we manage water resources and supplies; changes in the tools and methods used to study the organisms and the health effects they cause; or due to changes in the human population itself. WHO, USEPA and other agencies collaborate to address some of these challenges through an initiative on Emerging Issues in Water and Infectious Disease. The initiative leads to development and publication of state-of-the-art reviews based on wide international expert consultation.

Many countries have reported health problems associated with arsenic in drinking water. This is a fact-sheet on the problem from WHO.

The quantity of water delivered and used for households is an important aspect of domestic water supplies, which influences hygiene and therefore public health. This paper reviews the requirements for water for health-related purposes to derive a figure of an acceptable minimum to meet the needs for consumption (hydration and food preparation) and basic hygiene.

This page has numerous water and sanitation-related diseases fact sheets.

Drinking-water quality is an issue of concern for human health in developing and developed countries worldwide. The risks arise from infectious agents, toxic chemicals and radiological hazards. Experience highlights the value of preventive management approaches spanning from water resource to consumer. WHO produces international norms on water quality and human health in the form of guidelines that are used as the basis for regulation and standard setting, in developing and developed countries worldwide. This page includes a number of links to guidelines and resources.

Household water treatment and safe storage interventions can lead to dramatic improvements in drinking water quality and reductions in diarrheal disease—making an immediate difference to the lives of those who rely on water from polluted rivers, lakes and, in some cases, unsafe wells or piped water supplies. To accelerate health gains to those without reliable access to safe drinking water, WHO established a network aimed at promoting household water treatment and safe storage. The network format optimizes flexibility, participation and creativity to support coordinated action.

This series of books, each produced by an international group of experts, deals with aspects of water resource quality management.