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  • Almost 20% of Sub-Saharan Africa relies on a water source that is more than 30 minutes away from the household.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for over a third of the world's 884 million people who still do not get their drinking water from improved sources.
  • 26% of Africa's population (244 million) has a piped water connection on their premises.
  • Africa has 9% of global freshwater resources, but 15% of the global population.

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  • AfriAlliance and VIA Water sign MoU to increase cooperation
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    Breaking news from the AfriAlliance project, which ICLEI Africa is proud to be a partner in, connecting networks on water and climate change. Today, AfriAlliance and VIA Water met to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU signals a commitment by both initiatives to increased collaboration on innovation in the African water sector. AfriAlliance and VIA Water are pleased to release the following joint news item.

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    Today, AfriAlliance and VIA Water met to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU signals a commitment by both initiatives to increased collaboration on innovation in the African water sector. AfriAlliance and VIA Water are pleased to release the following joint news item.

    Africa is one of the regions most in need of innovative solutions for water problems. The water sector is facing enormous challenges due to climate change and population growth. However, a lack of water-related skills and institutional fragmentation are a major obstacle in Africa to address these challenges. AfriAlliance and VIA Water both are knowledge platforms promoting collaboration and knowledge sharing to generate concerted action for water innovation.    

    The major thrust of the newly signed MoU is to promote mutually beneficial cooperation between AfriAlliance and VIA Water in the field of water innovation in Africa. To achieve the MoU’s objectives, both initiatives agreed to disseminate each other’s outputs, to share mutually beneficial contacts and information, and to contribute to or participate in each other’s events.

    The signing ceremony included AfriAlliance project director Dr. Uta Wehn and VIA Water programme manager Ms. Titia Wouters. The MoU represents an important milestone in the relationship between the two initiatives, which are both hosted by the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. 

    Ms. Titia Wouters: “Although we operate at different scales, VIA Water and AfriAlliance share many common goals and ambitions and we look forward to working together for the benefit of the African water sector."

    Dr. Uta Wehn: “I look forward to a fruitful relationship whereby AfriAlliance can offer the VIA Water innovators the opportunity to showcase their innovation at one of our Innovation Bridge or Road Show events.”

    Find out more about VIA Water: www.viawater.nl. Or connect with them on Facebook and Twitter!

     

  • African Utility Week in Cape Town
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    African Utility Week in Cape Town to showcase home-grown solutions as well as business opportunities in continent’s energy & water market

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    African Utility Week in Cape Town to showcase home-grown solutions as well as business opportunities in continent’s energy & water market

    The award-winning African Utility Week, taking place from 16-18 May in Cape Town, will showcase how the continent is coming up with innovative, home-grown solutions to its energy and water challenges and how these are creating exciting and lucrative opportunities for utilities and industry suppliers alike.

    Experts from respected partners in the industry such as the World Bank, KPMG, Power Africa, Huawei, GE, Shell, SAP and leading African utilities will head up the more than 7000 power and water professionals from more than 80 countries, including 30 African nations, who will gather for African Utility Week. But this year also kick-starts a specific focus on a new trend in the industry: namely smaller, community scale off-grid projects that are starting to make a real difference in the development of the continent.

    Cleaner, more affordable energy generation options
    “The power and energy landscape in Africa is undergoing significant change” says Evan Schiff, African Utility Week event director, adding that current trends include “the availability of private investment for power and energy projects, the fast development of energy storage, renewable energy is becoming cheaper, gas that is an increasingly attractive  mode of power generation in Africa, and that in the next 10 years, nuclear will become an increasingly important mode of base-load power generation.”

    The investment, trade and development opportunities in the sub-Saharan African electricity sector are estimated at $835 billion of capital investment, $490 billion for generation capacity and $345 billion for infrastructure. 

    Community scale projects are another important emerging trend in the sector. “Utility-scale developments are decreasing,” says Ahmed Jaffer, Chairman of KPMG in South Africa and the Head of Power and Utilities, “while we see a lot more of community-sized generation projects. Businesses and communities are also showing interest in becoming less dependent on the national grids. In rural Africa, especially, the economics of expanding the national grids do not make sense; hence there is a significant trend towards mini-grids and other off-grid solutions.” 

    Speaker highlights at African Utility Week include:
    •    Lionel Zinsou, Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Benin, member of the West African Energy Leaders Group and investment banker. 
    •    Matshela Koko, Acting CEO, Eskom, South Africa.
    •    Lazarus Angbazo, President and CEO of GE Energy Connections SSA. 
    •    James Stewart, Global Head of Major Projects (Power and Utilities), KPMG. 
    •    Bob Lockhart, Vice President of Cyber Security of the Utilities Technology Council.
    •    Subha Nagarajan, Managing Director for Africa, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), USA. 
    •    Ambassador Tebogo Seokolo, Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
    •    Lucio Monari, Sector Manager for Africa Energy Group, World Bank.

    Real world doers share their expertise
    The 17th annual African Utility Week is the leading conference and trade exhibition for African power, energy and water professionals who will have the opportunity to meet over 300 suppliers of services and technology to the industry. The expo includes a record number of country pavilions, including from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, South Africa, China, Czech Republic, Taiwan and India. Along with multiple side events and numerous networking functions the event also boasts a five track conference with over 300 expert speakers.

    The conference programme will once again address the latest challenges, developments and opportunities in the power and water sectors: ranging from generation, T&D, metering, technology and water. 

    The African Utility Week expo offers an extensive technical workshop programme that are CPD accredited, free to attend, hands-on presentations that take place in defined spaces on the exhibition floor. They discuss practical, day-to-day technical topics, best practices and product solutions that businesses, large power users and utilities can implement in their daily operations.

    Industry support
    Apart from KPMG’s diamond sponsorship, industry stalwarts EPG, GE, Huawei, Landis+Gyr, Lucy Electric, Ontec and Shell are platinum sponsors while Aberdare Cables, Conlog, Oracle Utilities, SAP, SBS Tanks and Vodacom have already confirmed their gold sponsorships.


    Dates for African Utility Week and Energy Revolution Africa:
    Conference and expo: 16-18 May 2017
    Awards gala dinner:  17 May 2016
    Site visits: 19 May 2016
    Location: CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa

    Interviews with expert speakers: http://www.african-utility-week.com/expertinterviews 
    Website: http://www.african-utility-week.com    
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AfricaUtilities #AUW2017   
    Linkedin: African Power Forum

  • Genius of SPACE (Systems for People’s Access to a Clean Environment) Project, Langrug, Franschhoek, South Africa
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    Decreasing Berg River water pollution and reducing solid waste pollution are the main goals for the Genius of SPACE Project in the Langrug informal settlement near Franschhoek. The project is an initiative of the Western Cape Government Departments of Human Settlements, Economic Opportunities and Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. The project aims to uplift and improve the area’s socio-economic development, through the provision of a cleaner environment and more dignified conditions for the members of the community, with the support of Stellenbosch Municipality.

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    Genius of SPACE (Systems for People’s Access to a Clean Environment) Project, Langrug, Franschhoek, South Africa

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    Decreasing Berg River water pollution and reducing solid waste pollution are the main goals for the Genius of SPACE Project in the Langrug informal settlement near Franschhoek. The project is an initiative of the Western Cape Government Departments of Human Settlements, Economic Opportunities and Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. The project aims to uplift and improve the area’s socio-economic development, through the provision of a cleaner environment and more dignified conditions for the members of the community, with the support of Stellenbosch Municipality. 

    The lack of sufficient basic infrastructure services (such as water, electricity and piped sanitation) causes residents to be exposed to contaminated domestic grey water. This greywater comes from household cooking, washing, bathing and also sewage which flows in the streets and the environment of the settlement. The contamination of stormwater poses a significant risk to the Berg River, with potential to seriously impact on health risks to the human and other residents of the surrounding ecosystem. 

    After the first phase of scoping for how biomimicry could be applied to the Berg River Improvement Plan, the project then focussed on developing a dynamic model for the upgrading of informal settlements, using biomimicry methodology. The context had to be understood and the key issues of water, wastewater, stormwater and solid waste management were explored by the team. This took place through site visits and direct engagement with the community. Then the team started to design solutions such as living drainage channels for stormwater, interconnected tree gardens and wetlands for sub-surface greywater treatment, and the use of ecomachines (ecological water systems containing all 5 kingdoms of organisms) for treating stormwater. 

    After the design phase which lasted between 2013 and 2015, the implementation phase started in September 2015. Construction of the greywater prototype began in January 2016. The aim is to learn as much as possible in the operation and implementation phases. Learning by doing is an important part of the project, given the innovative approach being adopted. This learning includes monitoring and research by postgraduate students of Stellenbosch University (funded by the Department of Science & Technology and the Water Research Commission). 

    Besides co-designing and implementing social, technical and green infrastructure, the project focuses on the goals of engaging the community, providing an opportunity for high impact investment, infrastructure innovation, reduction of source pollution, improvement of health, development of ongoing community micro-enterprises and providing research opportunities. 

     It is the objective and intention of the project to be able to demonstrate the benefits and opportunities for green infrastructure to increase environmental protection, improve liveability of settlements and begin to address the need for greater resilience capacity in further urban development upgrades and planning. The consultant team of the project consists of the following companies and organisations: 

    • BiomimicrySA
    • Greenhouse Systems Development
    • In/formal South (now called Actuality)
    • Isidima Design and Development
    • Maluti GSM
    • WaterLove Projects
    • CORC; and
    • John Todd Ecological Design

     

  • AfriAlliance Action Groups Online Survey - Have your say!
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    The AfriAlliance project (Network of European and African networks on water and climate) will launch this summer a call for nominations for working groups ("Action Groups") on 5 themes: · Integrated management of water resources, · Food security / agriculture, · Development of human resource capacity, · Adaptation / mitigation of climate change, · Data collection To prepare for this call, we have released an online survey to better understand the barriers and opportunities. Online survey closed Sunday, July 3, please participate and have your say!

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    Objet : URGENT: AfriAlliance Questionnaire

     Message bilingue / Bilingual message: Français (en bleu) / English (in black)

     Dear Madam, Dear Sir,

    The AfriAlliance project (Network of European and African networks on water and climate) will launch this summer a call for nominations for working groups ("Action Groups") on 5 themes:

     · Integrated management of water resources,

    · Food security / agriculture,

    · Development of human resource capacity,

    · Adaptation / mitigation of climate change,

    · Data collection for monitoring, analysis and forecasting of water resources and climate.

    To prepare for this call, we would first understand the motivations and barriers that lead people to decide whether to participate in a working group. To this end, we invite you to complete a short questionnaire and disseminate it to your contacts and on your social media accounts (e.g. LinkedIn, Viadeo): goo.gl/p2MLxx

    This questionnaire will be available for only one week, from Monday, June 27 until Sunday, July 3, and fill it takes about 10 minutes.

    Please note that the answers will be used for research purposes only. They will be used anonymously, without identifying the authors.

    Thanks for your attention and have a good day.

    Regards,

    AWASLA Secretariat 

     

     Madame, Monsieur,

     Le projet AfriAlliance (réseau des réseaux européens et africains sur l’eau et le climat) lancera cet été un appel à candidatures pour des groupes de travail (« Action Groups ») sur 5 thématiques :

      · Gestion intégrée des ressources en eau,

     · Sécurité alimentaire / Agriculture,

     · Développement des capacités des ressources humaines,

     · Adaptation aux/atténuation des changements climatiques,

     · Collecte des données de surveillance, prévision et analyse des ressources en eau et du climat.

     Afin de préparer cet appel, nous souhaitons au préalable comprendre les motivations et les obstacles qui amènent des gens à décider de participer ou non à un groupe de travail. A cet effet, nous vous invitons à remplir un bref questionnaire (en anglais) et à le diffuser auprès de vos contacts et sur vos comptes de réseaux professionnels (e.g. LinkedIn, Viadeo) : goo.gl/p2MLxx

     Le questionnaire sera accessible pendant seulement une semaine, du Lundi 27 Juin jusqu’au Dimanche 3 Juillet, et le remplir prend environ 10 minutes.

     Veuillez noter que les réponses seront utilisées à des fins de recherche uniquement. Elles seront utilisées de manière anonyme, sans en identifier les auteurs.

     Je vous remercie de votre attention et dans l’attente de votre réponse, je vous souhaite une bonne journée !

     Bien cordialement,

    AWASLA Secretariat

  • LOCS4Africa 2017: Water & Climate Congress - Save the Date
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    The Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LOCS4Africa) Congress series is Africa’s leading platform on local climate action for cities and other sub-national governments across the Continent. It connects business and industry, investors, scientists, technical experts, development partners, national governments and civil society with Africa’s cities and urban networks. LOCS4Africa offers opportunity for direct engagement and strategic discussions around current local solutions and emerging trends relating to urban resilience and low-carbon development in Africa.

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    SAVE THE DATE: 20-23 March 2017, South Africa

    The Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LOCS4Africa) Congress series is Africa’s leading platform on local climate action for cities and other sub-national governments across the Continent. 

    It connects business and industry, investors, scientists, technical experts, development partners, national governments and civil society with Africa’s cities and urban networks. LOCS4Africa offers opportunity for direct engagement and strategic discussions around current local solutions and emerging trends relating to urban resilience and low-carbon development in Africa. 

    It is a well-established pan-African bi-annual congress, each with a strategic theme critical to urban sustainable development, in line with emerging global trends. The congress places strong emphasis on local leadership and innovative approaches to sustainable development in Africa’s urban context. 
    Focus on Cities: Water & Climate

    LOCS4Africa 2017 will explore critical links between climate change and urban water and sanitation in Africa’s cities. Globally, only 2% of our planets’ water is freshwater, which is fundamental to both human and urban development. 
    Water is THE critical challenge for many of our local governments. African cities, as diverse as large metro’s to small towns, are increasingly experiencing challenges of water security, drought and flooding. As such, there has never been a more relevant time for a pan-African congress to move “from dialogue to action” providing on the ground solutions, unpacking emerging trends and unlocking financial mechanisms.

    LOCS4Africa will:

    • Connect Africa’s cities with local to global water and climate solutions
    • Reimagine development within a rapidly urbanizing landscape 
    • Unpack water and climate opportunities for African cities arising from the Paris Agreement, the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals 

    Contact Us

    Email: tarryn.quayle@iclei.org or thea.buckle@iclei.org 
    Tel: +27 (021) 202 0403

    Download the Save the Date here.

  • ICLEI Africa is hiring!
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    Professional Officer: Urban Development - Policy and Governance (initial 2-year contract position). ICLEI Africa seeks to hire an urban development expert to join our dynamic team of professionals in the fields of urban sustainability. Closing date is 21st April 2016.

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    ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability is a global association of over 1000 cities and other sub-national government members who are committed to sustainable development. We provide technical services, capacity building and cutting- edge urban solutions to our member cities. ICLEI’s African Head Office is based in Cape Town, serving Members across Sub-Saharan Africa. (www.iclei.org)

    ICLEI Africa invites suitably qualified individuals to apply for the position below, for appointment as soon as possible, for appointment by 1 June 2016:

    Professional Officer: Urban Development - Policy and Governance (initial 2-year contract position)
    ICLEI Africa seeks to hire an urban development expert to join our dynamic team of professionals in the fields of urban sustainability. The individual must have a strong background and keen interest in urban policy development and implementation in Africa coupled with proven relevant experience in:

    (a) Development, implementation and mainstreaming of urban sustainability policy, strategy and action plans related to one or more of the following fields:

    water and sanitation • planning • biodiversity and ecosystem services • transport • inclusive economic development • sustainable urban infrastructure • energy and climate change • financing for development • resource economics

    (b) Project design, implementation and management with proven experience of working in, and leading, multi-disciplinary project teams

    (c) Business development, finance mechanisms and strategic partnerships
    Requirements:

    • A Relevant Master’s degree, or equivalent recognized qualification
    • Minimum of 5 years relevant post-graduate working experience, at least 3 of which at project management level
    • Exceptional leadership, communication, writing, presentation & analytical skills
    • Valid code B driver’s license
    • South African resident/ valid work permit
    • Must have a passion for, and willingness to, travel extensively locally and internationally
    • Knowledge of the African geo-political context
    • Proficiency in French, Swahili or another African language will be an added advantage

    Please forward a comprehensive CV and covering (motivating) letter, including a certified copy of your ID to Peter Tyldesley (peter.tyldesley@iclei.org) by 16h00 on the 21st of April 2016. Please provide proof of current employment, remuneration package, available starting date and three references in your application. No late applications will be considered. 

    A market-related and competitive annual remuneration package (TCOE based) will be offered to successful candidates, taking into consideration qualifications and experience.

    Kindly note: Applicants who have not been contacted within 60 working days after the closing date this advertisement, should regard their applications as unsuccessful.

  • Durban’s water program is setting global standards
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    The eThekwini Municipality Water and Sanitation Department, Durban’s water and waste management provider, avoided huge and expensive equipment associated with centralized water and sanitation systems by deploying a decentralized strategy through partnerships, baseline research, and using less expensive tools.

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    The eThekwini Municipality Water and Sanitation Department, Durban’s water and waste management provider, avoided huge and expensive equipment associated with centralized water and sanitation systems by deploying a decentralized strategy through partnerships, baseline research, and using less expensive tools. The centerpiece of Durban’s program being the “community ablution block” public washroom. It consists of a marine cargo container refitted inside with running water, wash basins, toilets and showers. Durban has 2,500 ablution blocks installed in many of its nearly 500 informal settlements with sufficient public funding to build and install perhaps 80 more annually.

    Other innovations include; 85,000 urine-diverting toilets, standpipes, and water storage tanks installed in informal settlements across the municipality, a mobile sludge processing plant that sterilizes waste removed from toilets and yields usable compost, and an aggressive program to clean waste from pit latrines and then replace them. According to United Nations, approximately 2.4 Billion people rely on contaminated water and open pit latrines for water and sanitation practices in the developing world, a reality that Durban is set on changing for its citizens. Two years ago Durban was honored with the Stockholm Industry Water Award, one of the most prestigious prizes for water work in the public interest, showcasing how Durban’s water program is setting global standards and is a source of national pride in South Africa.

    At the local level working partnerships with ward leaders have been developed to recruit citizen support and improve programs. The locations of ablution blocks, for example, are decided by leadership groups within settlements. Another important partnership was formed between the city and the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pollution Research Group. Together a research center was established to test ideas, including a waste-to-compost program using black soldier fly larvae to hasten the conversion. A pilot plant, built with the help of BioCycle, a South African research and development company, is under construction at one of Durban’s 27 wastewater treatment plants.

    Furthermore, Durban is now testing in-home toilets that use no water, generate sufficient energy to power a light bulb, and produce safe nutrient-rich by-products that can be distributed or sold as soil amendments. The city’s willingness to innovate and experiment attracted the attention of Bill Gates, who, when visiting in 2009, made Durban one of four sites for his foundation’s Reinventing the Toilet program to prove the feasibility of water-free sanitation.

    “eThekwini Water and Sanitation, contrary to the more traditional belief, bucked the trend and quickly came to the conclusion that the traditional approach to sanitation in developing countries is not sustainable” — Carl E. Hensman, Program officer Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    National meteorologists projected that the severe drought, observed in Southern Africa in 2015, will persist until the end of 2016, lowering water levels in storage reservoirs prompting water use restrictions. In the face of such challenges and in light of the projected impacts of climate change it has never been more imperative to seek locally appropriate, sustainable and resilient solutions for water and sanitation service delivery.

    “We cannot continue to use clean potable water to flush our waste. We have to find a way to stop that. It’s got to happen. The new thinking is to look at waste as a resource and take away all the aspects of using water to flush waste away. If you take that away you have enough water for all of us.” - Teddy Gounden, the acting project manager for the municipality’s Water and Sanitation unit.

     

  • Climate Proofing Urban Water and Sanitation
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    Providing access to improved drinking water and basic sanitation is proven to drive development and promote health in cities and communities. However, improving urban water and sanitation systems is a complex challenge for utilities and local governments with factors such as climate change, rapid urbanisation, aging and poorly maintained infrastructure, limited institutional capacity, and a high dependency on natural resources all contributing to limiting development at the local level.

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    Providing access to improved drinking water and basic sanitation is proven to drive development and promote health in cities and communities. However, improving urban water and sanitation systems is a complex challenge for utilities and local governments with factors such as climate change, rapid urbanisation, aging and poorly maintained infrastructure, limited institutional capacity, and a high dependency on natural resources all contributing to limiting development at the local level. Resilience, therefore, needs to be integrated into drinking-water and sanitation service delivery to cope with present and future climate variability.

    In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, access to clean water and sanitation presents major challenges, in particular, for the urban poor. In addition to access challenges poor services can also result in the spread of  illness,  including  cholera,  malaria,  and  diarrhoea, particularly  during  times of flooding, which  could become more severe or frequent in future due to climate change. In response these challenges Dar es Salaam has developed a number of good initiatives aimed at improving urban areas in the city:

    • City authorities have rehabilitated of storm water drainage in the city centre and sewerage systems to help them withstand heavy flooding and improve resilience to climatic events
    • Property formalisation in Dar es Salaam - The  government  is  implementing  a  project  to  identify  all  properties in informal settlements to  issue land/property licenses or  Right of Occupancy  in an attempt to curb  further densification in  those areas and  to improve security of  tenure, which could be used as collateral for economic empowerment.

    Formalisation of slums will be provide a foundation to regulate these settlements and ultimately allow  provision  of  infrastructure  including  drainage  channels  for  storm  water,  piped  water  supply,  refuse  collection services using municipal and private vehicles, sanitation (pit and septic tank emptying services), secure tenure (loans), improvi- ng housing conditions and reducing overcrowding in unplanned settlements. 

     

  • Hydrosolidarity – working together towards a water secure future
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    Population growth and expansion of industries both result in increasing water demand. Recent droughts experienced in several parts of the world including countries in Sub-Saharan Africa further exacerbate the shortfall between water availability and demand. This will impact largely on water access of poor and marginalised people in low-income countries. Urban regions will be affected the most as according to current rates of urbanisation, the urban population on the continent is projected to double by 2030.

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    Population growth and expansion of industries both result in increasing water demand. Recent droughts experienced in several parts of the world including countries in Sub-Saharan Africa further exacerbate the shortfall between water availability and demand. This will impact largely on water access of poor and marginalised people in low-income countries. Urban regions will be affected the most as according to current rates of urbanisation, the urban population on the continent is projected to double by 2030. Access to safe drinking water will thus continue to be a problem in cities across Africa.

    Access to water is a cross-cutting issue that affects a number of local government sectors and is infused in social, economic, political and ecological processes. Threats of reduced access in the future make it imperative for governments to put in place innovative systems to address the problem. Water governance and in particular, an integrated approach to planning for both water resources and water management is emerging as an important pathway to address the challenge. This practice brings together NGOs, traditional communities, businesses, the different spheres of government in partnerships to ensure that water is managed effectively. Increasingly, there is a lot of emphasis on an integrated approach to management of water at the local level as that is the sphere of government closest to the people and often mandated to deliver portable water to local residents. It is also at this level where it is easier to engage and raise awareness of communities to the importance of efficient water use and in the process positively influence behaviour.

    For a practical example of a project focussing on sustainable and integrated approaches to urban water management please click here

  • Sanitation Challenges for the urban poor
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    Cities are often struggling with insufficient infrastructure, low water supply and sanitation coverage particularly in growing urban informal settlements in developing countries. In Africa, large cities such as Kigali, Rwanda; Nairobi, Kenya and Lusaka in Zambia for example, all face challenges in achieving sustainable sanitation in informal settlements over and above the traditional constraints due to the lack of available financial resources to roll out improved service delivery.

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    Cities are often struggling with insufficient infrastructure, low water supply and sanitation coverage particularly in growing urban informal settlements in developing countries. In Africa, large cities such as Kigali, Rwanda; Nairobi, Kenya and Lusaka in Zambia for example, all face challenges in achieving sustainable sanitation in informal settlements over and above the traditional constraints due to the lack of available financial resources to roll out improved service delivery. Key challenges observed in such cities' urban poor communities include:

    • High population densities and the resulting congestion of informal housing  contributes to the lack of space for latrines or treatment system installation;
    • Location of informal settlements, with many of the urban poor settlements being located on marginal lands such as flood plains and marshy areas, or in close proximity to landfill sites or grave yards. The aforementioned locations further exacerbate the challenges in providing access to sanitation services as construction of latrines in these soil conditions and locations can be challenging due to the instability of the soil and the difficulty of digging into rocks inter alia;
    • Responsibility for sanitation provides a major barrier in many urban poor areas, as many residents are tenants who do not have the right or the incentive to install latrines on the property;
    • Pollution is a major constraint for sanitation in informal settlements e.g. a full pit has the potential to pollute local groundwater reserves, particularly in areas with high water tables. Cross contamination of this nature has the potential to contaminate potable drinking water and cause illness within the community from water-borne diseases

    Given the challenges outlined above that have been observed in a few informal settlements in Africa there is a great need for affordable, sustainable, less space consuming technologies which are tailored to providing improved and sustainable sanitation in informal settlements.  

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  • Innovative Solutions for access to sanitation in Ghana
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    Access to improved sanitation remains a global challenge, particularly in developing countries. In Kumasi, Ghana’s second city access to acceptable sanitation facilities is extremely low for the 2 million people who reside in the city. Those most severely affected are resident in low income areas, which are often densely populated and unplanned settlements where an estimated 60% of the population makes daily use of public toilet blocks.

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    Access to improved sanitation remains a global challenge, particularly in developing countries. In Kumasi, Ghana’s second city access to acceptable sanitation facilities is extremely low for the 2 million people who reside in the city. Those most severely affected are resident in low-income areas, which are often densely populated and unplanned settlements where an estimated 60% of the population makes daily use of public toilet blocks.
    In response to the local sanitation challenges Clean Team Ghana partnered with Unilever, WSUP, and the Stone Family Foundation to develop a sanitation model for the low-income areas of Kumasi. The model focuses on providing in-home sanitation solutions to improve access to basic sanitation. Unilever and WSUP already had a significant presence in the region and the habit of paying for sanitation was long established in Ghana which provided an excellent basis for the initiative. Joined by design firm IDEO, the team travelled to Kumasi in November 2010 to gain a better understanding of the sanitation market and further develop the business model.
    The clean team rents branded portable toilets to low-income households and provides a waste collection service 2-3 times per week. The waste is transported to a processing facility and then taken to the municipal treatment site. The services provided include reliable collections and low-odour toilets, delivered by enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff. The team aims to grow the business model in the future to provide opportunities to convert the waste into energy and organic fertiliser to sell to commercial farms in the region providing valuable economic returns.
    To date, the Clean Team has installed toilets in 20 communities, created 39 jobs, installed 664 toilets with over 4500 users who are content with the service and the project model.

     

  • Smart Cities Reusing Wastewater
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    Climate change projections show that most African countries will suffer from the detrimental impacts as a result of climate change in the future. Some of these impacts include prolonged drought due to low rainfall, water scarcity due drying water sources and periods heavy rainfall that can result in flash flooding events among other impacts. Therefore, there is an increasing trend at both national and sub national levels to promote more efficient use of water resources, both in urban and rural environments. Reusing effluent water is one mechanism that can be adopted by cities.

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    Climate change projections show that most African countries will suffer from the detrimental impacts as a result of climate change in the future. Some of these impacts include prolonged drought due to low rainfall, water scarcity due drying water sources and periods heavy rainfall that can result in flash flooding events among other impacts. Therefore, there is an increasing trend at both national and sub-national levels to promote more efficient use of water resources, both in urban and rural environments. Reusing effluent water is one mechanism that can be used to achieve greater efficiencies in the use of water resources while providing benefits for the broader environment.

    Effluent water is defined as wastewater - treated or untreated - that flows out of a treatment plant, sewer, or industrial outfall. Using wastewater for irrigation is often viewed as a positive means of recycling water due to the large potential volumes of water that can be reused. Recycled water can have the advantage of being a constant, reliable water source and reduces the amount of water extracted from the environment.

    The City of Cape Town has proven success in the use of effluent water within the city’s boundaries. The city uses effluent water for irrigation and industrial purposes not for drinking purposes and this mode of reuse is considered essential to conserving water, with the city viewing it as a key element in its water security strategy for the region.

    The City of Cape Town is currently recycling over 6% of the effluent that passes through its treatment works, for irrigation and industrial purposes. Initially, the city aimed at treating and reusing 4.75% of all effluent, however, the end result surpassed. On a daily basis, the city is now providing approximately 3 300m³ of reused water, reducing the cost of potable water and conserving the limited supply. At present, there are more than 160 treated effluent consumers in the city which include schools, sports clubs, farms, factories and commercial developments with large water features. The City also irrigates parks and flower beds along Cape Town’s Integrated Rapid Transport system. With the growing water shortages and current drought in Southern Africa, cities increasingly need to adopt new and innovate mechanisms to promote effective water management and conservation of fundamentally important potable water resources.

     

     

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    African Utility Week

    16 - 18 May 2017

    CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa

    www.african-utility-week.com

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    To download the programme www.wisa2016.org.za/draft-programme/

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    Web: afwacongress2016.org

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