What Innovative Ways Can the International Community Improve Access to Safe Water and Sanitation?

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
March 19, 2010
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March 22 marks World Water Day. More than one billion people worldwide lack access to improved water supply, and more than two billion people lack access to improved sanitation, undermining efforts to generate economic growth, promote social development, and protect public health.

What innovative ways can the international community improve people's access to safe water and sanitation?

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palgye
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South Korea
March 20, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Dear to

Thinks the problem where the most occurs from the underdeveloped nation. A law and provide the guide which is possible to the nation where the economic enemy capability is insufficient from advancement and country make execute, thinks that only one many sides counter result appears.

For the development which development or the river water of underground water is efficient from thinks that the many funds and ecocide are forecast.

U.N. or USAID provides a funds from the same agency and the low of replacement of salt water by fresh water installs, to establishment stores the water in the specific area Depot establishment, to improve the scandal tribe and a sanitary condition, thinks a cough the thing method. The lake the river is near and uses that place water, thinks probably the most plentifully the thing which will be insufficient.
Establishes the water pipe of large scale and delivers in the specific area and (probably, with job creation many additional effect flies indolently, thinks)

Problem of the underdeveloped nation of most the national system which will bear responsibility the operation of the funds which will develop and facility there is a faithless is thinks that problem.
Different solution the constructive spatial-temporal company does to have monopoly dog note issuing that area or the nation recognize, thinks to under operating doing the benefit enterprise method.
Sometimes the charitable person who is poor will decrease and is a villain but will operate the enterprise when the enterpriser who knows is necessary, thinks that is. sometimes.

Depends at the fund-raising or charitable work to, is wide too and thinks the problem which occurs simultaneously from the various place. Thinks that too late now must move in practice but.

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Is conceited and boils and thinks. But, the freebie lunch thinks that is not.

thank you.

When summarizes, thinks the sea water (the lake and the river) with about the constructive of pipeline and store place and specific enterprise preference merciful heart.

Olimar
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District Of Columbia, USA
March 20, 2010

Olimar in Washington, DC writes:

The important factor is that the international community needs to recognize that water is a human right and not a mere economic tool. Distributional systems should be put in place in order to secure access to water for communities, and then we can think about agriculture and companies (which are the ones responsible for diverting and polluting water in developing countries).

Joe
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Tennessee, USA
March 21, 2010

Joe in Tennessee writes:

Combine Green Energy resource with the inexpensive UV Light methods for water purification.

John S.
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Iraq
March 21, 2010

John S. in Iraq writes:

For Potable Water:

A combination of desalination plants and field ROWPU units installed and operated with USAID/World Bank financing. Creating jobs at the same time as tackling a global problem.

For Non-Potable Water - recycled water plants from Sewage Treatment again with WB and USAID financing.

Building sustainable solutions with NGO's and local governments.

OysterCracker
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United States
March 23, 2010

O.C. in USA writes:

I think all aspects of water conservation, plumbing, storage, filtering should be required in high school and then high school students become the "Go To" people that bring clean water to their villages and communities. In doing this, young people become integral "junior specialists" to their community and groups can be sent out to hook up and fix water supplies as needed assuming their is oversight and checks. This concept could expand to building practices too. In this way the elderly widow could find ample help and support from the regional high school for anything needed to be fixed around her house. This would have a unifying affect on the population. Using school facilities at night to teach men and women construction and fix it skills would eventually produce an army of skilled workers for the nation. There also has to be some sort of heavy equipment rental. For example, the drilling machine will be in region x for a month to complete all wells. Location of wells should be mapped out in advance. Water testing could be carried out by the students. This would be a good introduction to later study in identifying water born viruses and organisms. The curriculum should be specialized so that students might be interested in transferring their skills to medical careers as they grow older. Having a large population who are working on water problems is unifying and could be the basis or beginning of a quality medical system. If students learn about agriculture when they're younger and water when they're older, a developing country could ensure a knowledgeable and skilled workforce who might later attend U.S. agriculture and medical schools. In that way, there would be a lot of interchange and knowledge sharing, markets for the U.S, as well as Africa, Asia etc.

OysterCracker
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United States
March 23, 2010

O.C. in USA writes:

There are a lot of highly skilled umemployed Americans who know about digging water wells. Perhaps unemployed people should be placed in foreign service pools who can be sent abroad to get development going faster than the usual snail's pace. Having Americans spread their ability, know how and getting the job done is what's needed to get people dreaming and thinking positively about the future. It is a waste to have such American talent go to waste when they could be helping the State Department secure peace across the world by teaching and training others worldwide. Places like Haiti, Africa, the Middle East could quickly move towards development by highly organizing and professionalizing "Development Teams". America tends to drag its heels on these important issues. There are millions of unemployed, highly skilled Americans. Get them working so they aren't twiddling their thumbs waiting for the economy to improve or lying on the couch, day in and day out, driving their wife crazy.

Satish B.
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United States
March 24, 2010

Dr. Satish K.B. in the USA writes:

Water water everywhere not a drop to drink. In lesser developed countries some water is available but not clean water. The contaminated water consumptions leads to all kind diseases which lead to not only work loss but also education loss also. There are two ways, I have tried and have been able to work to get them clean water.

If the water is visibly dirty, after collection, let it settle and a water filter made of simple materials is used. A clear plastic bottle is used, the bottom is cut of and pieces of clean cloth upto 2 inches in height are place inside towards the neck side from the open bottom, the crushed charcoal is filled up for about four inches, on top of this clean sand or cloth upto two inches is placed, now the filter is ready, water is poured from the cut end of the bottle and recovered from the open neck side, this water almost 98% free of parasites and other debris and can be used for drinking and cooking.

Another one was devised by a German and that is also very effective, Relatively clean water is placed in clean clear plastic bottles and these bottles are placed in sun for upto six hours, after that water is free of bacteria, viruses and other parasites.

These two ways have helped people some people avoid getting sick of water borne gems

Jeff R.
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Illinois, USA
March 25, 2010

Jeff R. writes:

Water and sanitation problems persist in Liberia more than three years after the end of the country's civil war.

Joe
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Tennessee, USA
March 25, 2010

Joe in Tennessee writes:

Ghana has an interesting system it uses in its college to use less water and utilize their waste; in fact the recycling of waste contributes some thirty percent of the energy used in the cafeteria and compost for the gardens. The waste to energy and effectiveness of the program has been proven after a year in use.

While it does not help with water purification, it does lower usage.

Michael K.
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Australia
March 26, 2010

Michael K. in Australia writes:

A water/sanitation professional engineer, your respondent clear visualised a general linkage between national levels of energy consumption and education with possible water/sanitation implementations in situ.

Neither generously throwing out money on technical international aid via direct international recipients especially, nor mere foreign/local academic activities, but a complex program based meticulously on and correlated along national specific lines in every case, combined the local technical approaches with trends imported broadening assess to vital water sources, is long overdue for practically willing to achieve a better positive result supposed.

Michael K.

OysterCracker
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United States
March 27, 2010

Oyster C. in U.S.A. writes:

On the Big Island, Hawaii most everyone captures and stores rainwater that can be used for irrigation, sewage and showers. This is an effective, low tech, low cost solution for communities not hooked up to municipal water supplies. Having a finite amount of water makes one very conscious of the amount being used because the alternative is to pay a water truck $300.00 for 8,000 gallons of water. That gets to be extremely expensive.

If everyone captured their own water supplies and rarely used municipal supplies, it would put less of a burden on the water system. These sort of green ideas should be implemented worldwide even in America. There are simple, easy solutions for water capture that don't cost an arm and a leg to implement. It just involves training and some low tech equipment. These are the little things people could be doing to secure ample water reserves in the future.

Roland R.
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North Dakota, USA
March 27, 2010

Roland R. in North Dakota writes:

There isn't a problem of a shortage of water, just that it is not properly distributed. Ancient Romans would run water for hundreds of miles to support their cities, while we can only do so with oil, not water.

As North Dakota currently has a surplus of water this Spring, I would purpose we re-distribute this water about the world. We can bottle it in nice sanitary 12 oz bottles and fly it to the poor countries that need it, making use of our under used american airlines. It would also provide a clean source of water for our embassy swiming pools. I am sure just a few trillion dollars would not only solve the clean drinking problem but also put millions of Americans to work.

Now, would you please contact the Chinese government and ask them to write a check?

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
March 28, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Roland,

We divert entire rivers to provide LA with water and run it hundreds of miles through aqueduct to get there.

We've turned desert into farmland.

Now I understand you have a bit of a problem with runoff, and you could probably put a lot of folks to work engineering ways to distribute annual flood waters in a way that controls rapid rise and flooding.

Don't bother the Chinese, go to the insurance companies that have to pay the claims they get every year.

Have them pool their resources after looking at their net gain from funding the program by offsetting their annual losses.

It will actually pay them profit in the long run to do this.

OysterCracker
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United States
March 28, 2010

Oyster C. in U.S.A. writes:

There was a very interesting water project in Arabia that captured water by running cold sea water through pipes. The fresh warmer air condenses along the pipes and is captured in a pool at the bottom. This seemed to be a very ingenious solution to water capture for communities living along the sea coast. Exploiting different technologies according to regions will probably be how projects will be implemented in the future. If supplies ran in parallel to each other like a low cost, low tech solution along with a more expensive government funded back up solution, people might become very conscious and conserve water resources. The best solution in the near future is to get families to store and maintain their own water through quality training and education. This would be a cheaper solution in the end.

OysterCracker
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United States
March 28, 2010

Oyster C. in U.S.A. writes:

I was thinking that an interesting use of water in developing countries might be deigning a house where the roof covered in charcoal and sand would act as a gigantic filter and the walls could store water thereby simultaneously insulating walls, giving rigidity to walls and storing water. Water could flow naturally through faucets by gravity thereby reducing the need for complex pipe systems. Sinks could be made of thick rubber from recycled tires. The owners could also simultaneously grow vegetables on their rooftops which which would give a three fold purpose to the roof ie, filter, garden, air conditioner. A green roof would reduce solar emissions for gloabal warming. I think some enterprising architect could come up with an overall ingenious design for around $2,000.

Having a small self sustaining home could simultaneously solve food, water and clean water access.

Patrick
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Maryland, USA
March 29, 2010

Patrick in Maryland writes:

Hi, Friendly Neighbors of the States Department & Hillary... :)

I hope everyone is having a good week so far. I like too think that the goverment is already working on something that will improve our water recycling technology,and the problems of drinking water will soon be one of the past.If not then we should invest more in companys that are working on these technologys before it's to late...:)

Have a Great Week, Hillary and People of My Department Of States. Cya...Guys..:)

palgye
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South Korea
April 1, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Dear to...

Send an inquiry at the Korean enterprises which are interest to LCD factory new constructions of China and (there is not information which is already decided.)Thinks Oh [phu] car Nice burnt that does to participate to the method which solves a drinking water problem method. Samsung, LG. The enterprise which falls off thinks is considerable from LCD markets the thing which in difficult situation will fall into. There was not an enterprise and an advance sympathy. Five the secret intention social location to approach them too lowly is not. If decease is disregarded, is a proposal.

The name of drinking water facility thinks the thing where becomes the example whose also is good to use the name of the political man.

thank you.

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