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Deep Water – the experts for drinking water and sanitation

Posted Mar 17 2010 4:21am

They are everything but still: Our the new water portal on experts share their experience from the field:

Hannelore Knott has worked in a rural well program in Cameroon. In her interview , she explains why it is sometimes so complicated to drill a simple hole in the earth. And what are the consequences from having a well.

Mirina Meuss from the Society for Technical Collaboration (gtz) says : “Theoretically, we shouldn’t have any problems.” We have asked her why water is continuously one of the biggest problems in the world.

The One-Man Show: Wolfgang Buchner wasn’t swayed from his calling, but travelled to Bolivia where he has developed simple and quite successful methods for drilling wells. Our portrait illustrates a man who just couldn’t keep his knowledge to himself.

In addition we present exciting case studies with often surprising results:

Should Aid be Free? The Kenya Rural Water project illustrates that people won’t spend money for clean water, despite the costs to their children’s health. One reason: scientists and aid workers have heretofore paid too little attention to indigenous concepts of health.

Children enjoying themselves on a merry-go-round simultaneously pump water for their village—what a great idea! PlayPumps in Africa were supported by numerous investors with millions of dollars. But this fun-and-plumb vision turned out to be a pipe dream. A critique .

This problem stinks: Almost half the human population has little to no access to sanitary waste facilities. We outline which simple technologies are helping out and what new methods are worth noting.

Comment and discuss these interviews and studies here!

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