Water and Sanitation

Innovative Toilet Technology for the 21st Century

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a $400 000 grant to the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pollution Research Group (PRG) to fund an innovative and groundbreaking initiative that will take toilet technology and sanitation to a new level.

Gates Foundation Launches Effort to Reinvent the Toilet

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on the 19th of July 2011 announced the launch of a strategy to help bring safe, clean sanitation services to millions of poor people in the developing world.

The Ripple Effect Collaborative Project Helps Improve Access to Safe Drinking Water

The Ripple Effect project is a collaboration between Acumen Fund, IDEO and organizations in India and Kenya to improve access to safe drinking water for the world's poorest and underserved people.

Battling Cholera, an Ancient Scourge, With Satellites and Sari Cloth

The world has seen seven global cholera outbreaks since 1817, and the current one seems to have come to stay. Rising temperatures and a stubbornly persistent, toxic bacteria strain appear to have given the disease the upper hand.

Close to One Million Water Filters Delivered to Rural Kenyans in Lifestraw Carbon For Water Program

Nearly 900,000 LifeStraw® Family water filters will be installed in almost all households in the Western Province of Kenya thanks to a program which began on 26 April 2011.

Public Health Champion Dr Rita Colwell Receives 2010 Stockholm Water Prize

Dr Rita Colwell, distinguished Professor from the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health in the United States, has been named the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate.

The United Nations General Assembly Declares Access to Clean Water and Sanitation is a Human Right

"Safe and clean drinking water and sanitation is a human right essential to the full enjoyment of life and all other human rights," the General Assembly declared on July 28 2010. The declaration expresses deep concern that almost 900 million people worldwide do not have access to clean water.

Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak Indian Sanitation Innovator and Social Reformer Receives the 2009 Stockholm Water Prize

Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak received the 2009 Stockholm Water Prize at a Royal Award Ceremony and Banquet during the World Water Week in Stockholm on August 20.

Experts at World Water Week Assert That Sanitation is Humanity’s Most Urgent, Yet Solvable Crisis

Inadequate sanitation and its devastating effects on the world’s poor comprise humanity’s most urgent, yet solvable crisis, according to international leaders and experts who convened at the 2009 World Water Week in Stockholm.

Report Identifies Barriers, Offers Solutions to Water and Sanitation Service Delivery

Giving poor people a say in the water and sanitation services they receive, and allowing alternative documentation to prove residence are some of the simple solutions that can bring sustainable water and sanitation services to the hundreds of millions currently living without, according to a new report released on August 18, 2009 by the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP).

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