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Dry Toilet 2012 Conference: Call for Papers

Fri, 21Oct2011 2 comments

Dry Toilet 2012 Conference: Call for Papers

Dear all,

The preparations for the 4th International Dry Toilet Conference are well
under way. We have now finished the Second Announcement and Call for Papers.
Please, see the attachment (2.9 MB). The Brochure in pdf-format can also be
found on our website at

You may submit an abstract *by January 15, 2012*. Conference registration
will be opened in November.

Best wishes,
Erja Takala

*Erja Takala (Mrs)*
*Conference Secretary*
*Global Dry Toilet Association of Finland*
*secretary2012 @*

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Sat, 02Jul2011 Comments off

Announcing two workshop/training sessions in DRINKING WATER TESTING for fecal contamination

in Mexico City, Mexico
on September 23 and 24,
and in Palenque, Mexico
on September 29 and 30, 2011.

These two day training sessions in Spanish are designed for community health workers and others who wish to be able to accurately and inexpensively test community drinking water for safety.
The workshops will be conducted by Agua Pura Para El Pueblo, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting safe drinking water, and hosted by AMEXTRA, the Mexican Association for Rural and Urban Transformation. The World Health Organization and other organizations recommend testing water samples for the presence of E. Coli bacteria as an indicator of fecal contamination. The workshops will feature the use of the Petrifilm plate from 3M and the Colilert fluorescent assay by IDEXX. These two methods are much simpler to use and more accurate than most other testing methods for coliform bacteria, especially E. Coli. By the end of the workshop participants will have been trained in the use of these methods and will have the testing materials to use in their own programs. The focus will be on modern methods of water testing, but will also include demonstrations of simple methods of water purification.

For more information including costs and registration contact:

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The Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation supports joint project by Swiss aquatic research institute and South African water utility

Fri, 15Oct2010 2 comments

Urine as a Commercial Fertilizer?

14 October 2010 – press release reprint

In Eawag’s laboratory, process engineer Kai Udert carries out research on various reactors to separate nutrients and contaminants out of urine

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports joint project by Swiss aquatic research institute and South African water utility

The separate collection of urine provides innovative opportunities for the improvement of sanitation and the recycling of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Urine separation is an excellent sanitation solution, particularly in places where classic sewer-based sanitation is not sustainable. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is providing a grant of 3.0 million US dollars to support a joint project by the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) and the eThekwini Water and Sanitation utility (EWS) in South Africa to continue developing practical, community-scale nutrient recovery systems.

The project, covering a period of four years, focuses on the further development of technical solutions for urine processing for nutrient recovery. In addition, project participants, together with experts from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, will study the logistics of collection and transport of urine from toilets to processing facilities. The Swiss aquatic research scientists and their partners in South Africa will also examine ways in which sanitation can be paid for by the production and sale of urine-based fertiliser, thus enabling a cheap, efficient and widely-accepted sanitation system to be set up.

Alternatives are urgently needed

There is a growing awareness that in many parts of the world an alternative is needed for the conventional sewer-based sanitation and central wastewater treatment system – if only for the reason that not enough water is available for drinking, let alone to be used for flushing. There is a pressing need to reduce the number of people with no access to basic sanitary facilities and safe drinking water, as required by the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As well as endangering people’s health, inadequate disposal of faecal material poses a risk to the drinking water supply and contaminates the natural environment. Last but not least, the global demand for fertiliser is so great that interest in local sources of nutrients is growing.

Successful preparatory work in Nepal

Eawag has many years of experience in the research of urine separation, also known as NoMix technology, and in 2007 completed the transdisciplinary Novaquatis project. Since then, Eawag’s project in Siddhipur near Kathmandu, Nepal, has demonstrated that urine processed to make the phosphorus-based fertiliser struvite can help to close regional nutrient cycles and promote awareness of the value of the nutrients contained in urine. Farmers participating in the scheme also benefit since they do not need to buy as much imported chemical fertiliser ( «This experience plus the collaboration with an extremely progressive administrative department in Durban were important reasons for developing our project in South Africa for the next four years», says process engineer Kai Udert, who is the Eawag researcher in charge of the South Africa project.

Collaboration with an innovative water authority

Eawag can count on a forward-looking partner in the South African eThekwini region around Durban, since they have already carried out important pioneering work in the field of sanitation. EWS has been promoting urine-diverting dry toilets since 2002 and there are already around 90,000 such toilets in use. However, urine is simply soaked into the ground, which could create new problems in the longer term. A simple, combined system for nutrient recycling from urine will be developed . This will reduce the costs of sanitation, prevent pollution of water resources and produce fertiliser for the local market. «That’s a completely new way of thinking and not just a small step on an already well-trodden path», says Kai Udert.

More information: Dr. Kai Udert, Telephone +41 44 823 5360

When to report on news worthly items issues and publications in this age of internet apps

Mon, 27Sep2010 Comments off

Washlink  rambling:  Perhaps  it is good to not always catch reports as they are released, but rather catch them later on. This permits  a  second  or third wave  of sorts for a news worth  story,  giving it a better life before being shelved. I like to think  that perhaps  this is a more effective strategy as we  all live in the moment and have  attention spans of a gnat.  The  writer of  blogs,  tweeters of tweets,  poster of notes to virtual wall  need to look beyond THE MOMENT in this age of internet apps  and “carry on” with issues  prolonging  the gnat’s attention span till we have action  …. yes???

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New Custom google search for Watsan Issues

Mon, 20Sep2010 1 comment

I have been playing with google  custom search

I think it is a great tool we all can take advantage of in one form or another

take a look:


It uses google search and  currently covers 70 watsan water wash heath sites

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Looking for contributors / writers / knowledge base addicts

Mon, 20Sep2010 2 comments

Its been over a year, and this has been  great experiment for me.  I am thinking of how to step it up a bit.  I think  this site and others have great promise where / when we  remain independent of a specific organization  that doing the work on the ground / raising the funds.   That is a whole story in itself, but  most of you should be able to understand why.

so what can I do, we do?

My brain storm

1 get a formal education  in this ? ummm:   $$$$$$  ( any ideas? without so many $$$$$$)

2 spend more  time writing

3 get a better site so I can build up a database  taking into account info collected on  and followed sites on

4   expanding my custom  Google search – have to still post it

5  join efforts  some  other group

6  try to  get help from others

7 create a plan for becoming a 501 3c

8 drink lots of gin and tonics and become absolved about caring –  ummm noooo


I am looking for ideas and people who might want to contribute  to greater effort

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World Water Week Conference in Stockholm: The Water Quality Challenge, September 5 – 11

Wed, 04Aug2010 1 comment

Taken  from press release and web site – no original work by this site.

World Water Week

Building Capacity / Promoting Partnership / Reviewing Implementation

Register online for 2010 World Water Week in Stockholm!

SIWI is the host and organiser of the World Water Week in Stockholm, the leading annual global meeting place for capacity-building, partnership-building and follow-up on the implementation of international processes and programmes in water and development. As an open platform for over 2,000 participants including key decision-makers and more than 200 collaborating organisations, the conference promotes the exchange of views and experiences between the scientific, business, policy and civil society communities, thereby advancing the water, environment, health, livelihood and poverty reduction agendas.

The 2010 World Water Week in Stockholm

The 2010 World Water Week will take place from September 5-11 at Stockholm International Fairs. The theme for 2010 will be “The Water Quality Challenge – Prevention, Wise Use and Abatement”. It will be the second year under the niche “Water: Responding to Global Changes”. For more information on the 2010 World Water Week, please visit

Resources from the World Water Weeks

The World Water Week website is a year-round resource on issues and topics covered during the Week. You can also download presentations, background documents, reports and outcomes from the sessions of 2009 and 2008.

Events List and  Search

Convening Organizations

“The Stockholm International Water Institute is proud to present this years programme for the week in collaboration with [their] co-convening organisations. Welcome to Stockholm, the European Green Capital 2010!”

All information  was taken  from press release and web site – no original work by this site.

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