From Sanitation Updates:
Sanitation promotion history: US New Deal posters
Posted: 11 May 2013 11:57 AM PDT
100 issues of the WASHplus Weekly – March 2011 to May 4, 2013
Posted: 09 May 2013 10:10 AM PDT
100th issue of the WASHplus Weekly
Posted: 06 May 2013 12:32 PM PDT
Educational cartoon boosts worm infection prevention
Posted: 03 May 2013 07:10 AM PDT
May 2013: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) released the 2013 update on the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation, ‘Progress on Sanitation and Drinking-Water,’ which presents global, regional and country estimates for 2011.
The report calls for increased efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target on sanitation, one of the most lagging targets. The report also highlights the consultation process on formulating new Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) targets for the post-2015 development agenda.
Some interesting links:
WHO Water Quality and Health Strategy: 2013-2020
WHO releases Water Safety Plan quality assurance tool
WSP launches handwashing with soap toolkit
BPD – NEW WEBSITE AND BRANDING
See what BPD can do for your partnership at our new website www.bpdws.org. The revamped site has a new logo, structure and content. The site can also now be translated into most languages using the newly added Google Translate facility.
UNDP, Coca-Cola ‘Every Drop Matters’ Publication Features Water and Sanitation Projects
Soil Atlas of Africa
Very few relevant email alerts this time:
WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT -DORDRECHT-
VOL 27; NUMB 7 (2013)
The Brazilian Water Resources Management Policy: Fifteen Years of Success and Challenges
Elabras Veiga, L. B.; Magrini, A.
As a result of the increasing global awareness about the importance of water, many developed and developing countries have reviewed their water resources management policies and laws. In Brazil, Law 9,433, enacted in (1997), establishes the National Water Resources Policy (NWRP) and the National Water Resource Management System (NWRMS), introducing a new integrated approach to water resources management through the application of planning and economic instruments. At the institutional level, this brought many changes. A new institutional framework was established with the creation of river basin committees and water agencies. Almost 15 years after the Law took effect, these changes are still being implemented, and some adjustments have been necessary. In light of the Brazilian NWRP, this paper presents and analyzes the legal and institutional reform that has been taking place in Brazil’s water resources sector since 1997. An initial analysis shows that today, the implementation process still faces many challenges, hindering the effective consolidation of the instruments set out by Law 9,433/1997. The paper concludes that although Brazil’s model is generally in line with international trends, and despite the major progress that has been made to date, in some hydrographic regions the instruments conceived in the country’s model are still in the incipient stage of implementation, indicating that greater efforts are necessary, some of which are suggested in this article.
Investment Feasibility Analysis of Rainwater Use in Residences
Ghisi, E.; Schondermark, P. N.
This paper presents an investment feasibility analysis of rainwater harvesting systems for the residential sector in Santa Catarina State, southern Brazil. Five towns were selected for the analysis. Daily rainfall data, average water consumption, rainwater tank costs, water pump costs, and water, sewage and electricity tariffs were obtained for the five towns. Different values for the roof area, number of residents, potable water demand, and rainwater demand were analysed. The rainwater tank capacities were estimated using the Netuno computer programme. The investment feasibility analysis was performed considering the ideal lower tank capacity, as well as capacities smaller and larger than the ideal. Such capacities were obtained according to a variation of six months in the payback period. It was observed that the ideal tank capacity can be conservative for high rainwater demands. In such cases, an investment feasibility analysis should be performed in order to obtain a more appropriate tank capacity. The main conclusion is that rainwater usage is economically feasible for most cases; and the higher the rainwater demand, the higher the feasibility.