This short video illustrates the challenge of technology in WASH and how the Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) provides a systematic and participatory way of assessing and adopting technology innovation at scale, for services that last.
Cheap and affordable solutions that can provide sustained access to WASH services are within reach, yet very few of these have been implemented effectively. Despite the technological leaps achieved in the last few decades, progress towards improved access to WASH services, particularly in many rural areas, is at a staggering low.
WASHTech, a 3 year EU funded research project, has developed a systematic and participatory way of assessing and adopting technology innovation that effectively takes the poorest of the world a step closer to expanding their life choices and opportunities for development.
The TAF can be accessed at http://www.washtechnologies.net/en/
In March 2012, Water for People (USA) and Akvo (Netherlands) entered an agreement to further develop FLOW, a field-level monitoring tool.
Akvo will lead on product development and support while Water For People will lead in product field-testing and monitoring functionality. The product has been rebranded as Akvo FLOW. The software code supporting Akvo FLOW will be published under an open source AGPL3 license.
FLOW – Field level Operations Watch, brings together handheld data collection with Android mobile phone technology, a web-based dashboard and visual mapping using Google Maps and Google Earth software.
Posted in Africa, Monitoring & evaluation, Sanitation, Sustainable services, Water supply
Tagged Akvo, Akvo FLOW, Ghana, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, Liberia, monitoring, source_publish, Water and Sanitation Program, Water for People
The WASHTech project has published a literature review  focusing on 14 technologies used in Africa in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector.
Descriptions for each technology include a selection of interesting case studies, and an explanation as to whether the technology meets technical, financial, social and institutional success criteria.
Only two technologies met all four success criteria: hand dug wells and the India Mark II pump, and the latter only with the caveat that there was a functional maintenance system.
The least successful technology was the Playpump. Pending further research, jerry cans and the gulper were only found to meet one success criteria (technical success). Except for bio-additives to pit latrines and Playpumps, all other technologies were technically successful. The other success criteria were met by roughly half of the technologies.
Core issues that WASHTech plans to take up further include the appeal of inappropriate technologies like Playpumps and Lifestraws to naive donors, and ways to get government approval for low-cost, locally managed technologies like rope pumps, biosand filters, constructed rainwater harvesting jars, water jetting and tippy taps.
 Parker, A. et al., 2011. Africa wide water, sanitation and hygiene technology review. (WASHTech Deliverable 2.1). The Hague: WASHTech c/o IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre and Cranfield: Cranfield University. 93 p. : 1 box, 9 fig., 1 tab. Includes references.
Available at: http://wp.me/a1szDW-1o
The aim of the WASHTech project (2011-2013) is to introduce a robust Technology Assessment Framework (TAF), with local partners in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Uganda, that will assess the potential of new innovative WASH technologies. WASHTech is co-funded under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission’s Africa research programme. To learn more go to washtechafrica.wordpress.com
Posted in Africa, drilled wells, Ecosan, Filtration, hand dug wells, Hand pumps, Latrines, Rope pumps, Water storage
Tagged bio-additives to pit latrines, bio-sand filters, Burkina Faso, constructed rainwater harvesting jars, Cranfield University, Ghana, India Mark II pumps, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, jerry cans, LifeStraw, Playpumps, source_publish, Uganda, urine diverting dry toilets, ventilated improved pit latrines, water jetting
A team of engineering students from Brigham Young University (BYU) has developed a human-powered drill that can reach a depth of up to 75 metres at 10% to 20% the cost of a traditional motorized well rig. A prototype of the “Village Drill” cost around US$ 4,000 (excluding labour) to make in the USA.
The BYU students created the drill for a project in Tanzania run by WHOLives.org, a nonprofit based in South Jordan, Utah. The project is also co-sponsored by the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology.
The drill can be operated by four people. Three spin the wheel that turns the drill bit (cutting tool), and the fourth lifts the bit up and down when necessary to punch through tough spots. A water pump system removes the dirt from the 15 cm-wide hole.
In May 2011, a drilling team was able to construct a 45 m well with the patented “Village Drill” in 3 days in Magugu, Tanzania.
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Source: BYU, 14 Jul 2011
Poor residents in Indonesian cities of Malang (East Java) and Makassar (South Sulawesi) will soon be using their mobile phones to report problems with their water and sanitation services like poor water quality or quantity, well failures, failure of tanker water supplies, and costs for tanker water. This will enable water providers to learn about and quickly respond to customer complaints.
The Pacific Institute has launched the 3-year WASH SMS Project (September 2010 – September 2013) through a three-year pilot funded by USAID Development Grants Program (DGP). The Institute is working with Indonesian partner PATTIRO (experience in Indonesia focused on improving public services, and strengthening government capacity), and technology partner Nexleaf (a leader in mobile phone use to collect environmental data).
Read more about the project at:
Related news: India, New Delhi: using Facebook and SMS to keep the city clean, E-Source, 23 May 2011
Posted in East Asia & Pacific, Monitoring & evaluation, Water distribution, Water supply
Tagged Indonesia, mobile phones, Nexleaf, Pacific Institute, PATTIRO, SMS, source_publish, USAID