Tricia’s snippets 2014-12-10

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UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water.

The UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS 2014), published biannually, presents data from 94 countries and 23 external support agencies. It offers a comprehensive analysis of strengths and challenges in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) within and across countries.

Just published: WHO/UNICEF Question and Answers on Health Care Waste and Ebola

This document, summarizing recommendations and best practices regarding the safe handling, treatment and disposal of health-care waste is available at

From Handicap International – Source E-Bulletin Disability and Inclusion:

Equity and inclusion in water, sanitation and hygiene : learning materials


This web page presents learning materials about equity and inclusion in water, sanitation and hygiene. The materials consist of activity sheets which can be used as stand-alone activities or as part of structured training/capacity building activities, presentations and tools. They are useful for practitioners interested in inclusive WASH

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Disability : making CLTS fully inclusive

WILBUR, Jane & JONES, Hazel
Publication Date July 2014 24 p, ill

This issue of Frontiers of CTLS (Community led total sanitation) focuses on “people with disabilities and particular needs for access to sanitation. There are many forms of disability, including mobility impairments, sensory impairments (affecting sight or hearing), chronic illness, impairments caused by older age or mental health issues. People affected tend not to be present at triggering, to lack voice in the community, to have their needs overlooked, and may even be hidden by their families. This issue outlines the reality of the experiences of disabled people, the varied nature of their needs and how they can be met. It includes practical recommendations for people engaged in CLTS to make the different phases and processes of CLTS more inclusive”

Frontiers of CLTS : innovations and insights, Issue 03

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Water, Volume 6, Issue 11 (November 2014), Pages 3247-3574

Article: The Role of Transdisciplinary Approach and Community Participation in Village Scale Groundwater Management: Insights from Gujarat and Rajasthan, India by Basant Maheshwari, Maria Varua, John Ward, Roger Packham, Pennan Chinnasamy, Yogita Dashora, Seema Dave, Prahlad Soni, Peter Dillon, Ramesh Purohit, Hakimuddin, Tushaar Shah, Sachin Oza, Pradeep Singh, Sanmugam Prathapar, Ashish Patel, Yogesh Jadeja, Brijen Thaker, Rai Kookana, Harsharn Grewal, Kamal Yadav, Hemant Mittal, Michael Chew and Pratap Rao Water 2014, 6(11), 3386-3408; doi:10.3390/w6113386 This article belongs to the Special Issue Policy and Economics of Managed Aquifer Recharge and Water Banking

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  • pp.526-536 Arsenic removal from drinking water by a household sand filter in Vietnam – Effect of filter usage practices on arsenic removal efficiency and microbiological water quality Nitzsche, K. S.; Lan, V. M.; Trang, P. T.; Viet, P. H.; Berg, M.; Voegelin, A.; Planer-Friedrich, B.
    Household sand filters are applied to treat arsenic- and iron-containing anoxic groundwater that is used as drinking water in rural areas of North Vietnam. These filters immobilize poisonous arsenic (As) via co-oxidation with Fe(II) and sorption to or co-precipitation with the formed Fe(III) (oxyhydr)oxides. However, information is lacking regarding the effect of the frequency and duration of filter use as well as of filter sand replacement on the residual As concentrations in the filtered water and on the presence of potentially pathogenic bacteria in the filtered and stored water. We therefore scrutinized a household sand filter with respect to As removal efficiency and the presence of fecal indicator bacteria in treated water as a function of filter operation before and after sand replacement. Quantification of As in the filtered water showed that periods of intense daily use followed by periods of non-use and even sand replacement did not significantly (p<0.05) affect As removal efficiency. The As concentration was reduced during filtration from 115.1+/-3.4mgL^-^1 in the groundwater to 5.3+/-0.7mgL^-^1 in the filtered water (95% removal). The first flush of water from the filter contained As concentrations below the drinking water limit and suggests that this water can be used without risk for human health. Colony forming units (CFUs) of coliform bacteria increased during filtration and storage from 5+/-4 per 100mL in the groundwater to 5.1+/-1.5×10^3 and 15+/-1.4×10^3 per 100mL in the filtered water and in the water from the storage tank, respectively. After filter sand replacement, CFUs of Escherichia coli of <100 per 100mL were quantified. None of the samples contained CFUs of Enterococcus spp. No critical enrichment of fecal indicator bacteria belonging to E. coli or Enterococcus spp. was observed in the treated drinking water by qPCR targeting the 23S rRNA gene. The results demonstrate the efficient and reliable performance of household sand filters regarding As removal, but indicate a potential risk for human health arising from the enrichment of coliform bacteria during filtration and from E. coli cells that are introduced by sand replacement



VOL 30; ISSU 4 (2014) ISSN 0790-0627




From Sanitation Updates:

Handwashing article receives the Elsevier Atlas award
Dec 15, 2014 – Launch of study on WASH and maternal/newborn health
Posted: 08 Dec 2014

David Neal: Handwashing and the Science of Habit, Dec 4, 2014
Treat your sanitation workers well
Posted: 05 Dec 2014

UNICEF/WSP – Child feces disposal in Bangladesh
Posted: 03 Dec 2014 12:33 PM PST

Francis de los Reyes: Sanitation is a basic human right
WSP – Success with Sanitation Business in Indonesia
Posted: 26 Nov 2014

New business-led coalition for market-based sanitation for the poor
Innovation in Urban Sanitation: FaME and U-ACT Research in Sub-Saharan Africa
Posted: 21 Nov 2014

World Toilet Day: cities can’t wait
Posted: 19 Nov 2014 06:42 AM PST

Celebrating Cambodia’s progress in rural sanitation: iDE video
5th International Dry Toilet Conference: call for papers
Posted: 18 Nov 2014

SCA and WSSCC partner to break silence around menstruation
Posted: 17 Nov 2014 03:32 AM PST

WASHplus Weekly: Focus on World Toilet Day 2014
Posted: 14 Nov 2014 07:28 AM PST

My toilet: global stories from women and girls
Beyond Malnutrition: The Role of Sanitation in Stunted Growth
Posted: 11 Nov 2014 07:36 AM PST

SuSanA Discussion Forum – Shame in sanitation
WaterAid – Best toilet joke for World Toilet Day
Posted: 05 Nov 2014

Oliver Cumming – Does Improving Sanitation Benefit Health? (podcast)
Posted: 03 Nov 2014 09:43 AM PST

WASHplus Weekly: Focus on WASH & Ebola
Launch of World Toilet Day 2014 website
BioFizz, a biological product formulated to treat septic tanks as well as urban sanitation systems
Social and psychological impact of limited access to sanitation: The link between MHM and reproductive tract infections, and between WASH practices and pregnancy
Posted: 31 Oct 2014 07:29 AM PDT

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