EWB E-conference 2011

[EWB E-conference 2011] Water and Sanitation

Hi Jack,

Yes I had a similar experience in Sierra Leone, interviewing people out
there showed that they were aware of chlorine tablets, the only point of use
water treatment they know of. I think South east Asia from having spent time
in Cambodia has access to a lot more than Africa. I don't know what others
have experienced in different regions?

I think in addition to the previous comments some interesting points that
came across from all the presentation in this platform on Friday was the
need to address how we go about implementing water treatment solutions as
currently there are too many cases that fail. Consideration of decision
support tools such as case Based reasoning offer one approach, another was
introducing the need for a service delivery approach with the idea that a
project can be made more sustainable through a change
of focus from infrastructure to service delivery.

On Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 11:00 PM, <hedon@hedon.info> wrote:

> Angus, thank-you for your reply. I completely agree that both have
> advantages and disadvantages, making each more appropriate in different
> situations. I agree that smoke inhalation is a big problem in development,
> but I think this problem has the potential to remain with chlorine tablets,
> since people will still be cooking food. I asked about boiling water because
> I spent last summer in Kenya, and my experience was that many people didnt
> treat the water at all (which was collected from roofs), while those who did
> treat water boiled it. I didnt encounter any Kenyans using chlorine,
> perhaps due to the taste or the cost. Generally the water was then used to
> make chai so the hot temperature was a bonus in this context!
> On the subject of filters, what do people think of hand-held filter systems
> such as the lifestraw?
> http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4967452.stm
> The article quotes a spokesman from WaterAid as being very sceptical, due
> to the high cost. Is there not also a risk that it might increase
> water-borne infections such as bilharzia? On the other hand is it possible
> that donors are happier to see their money spent on what should be a
> permanent device (as opposed to a consumable such as chlorine), this
> increase in donations increasing the lifestaws potential?
> Also, Alison would it be possible please to describe the multi filtration
> system used to treat the water at Emem?
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