Roads for Water: Effecting Change in Tigray, Ethiopia

from the WaterChannel: Question: How can dusty roads provide water? Answer: By harvesting and storing rainwater when it falls on them.  A 30 mm rainfall over a 1-kilometre stretch of road can produce up to 100,000 litres of water. This number…

Poster presentations about work in Zambia and Kenya (Video)

At the IAH Congress, we asked two of the UPGro researchers to present their posters: Jacob Mutua, Rural Focus Ltd, Kenya, describing the "Risks and Institutional Responses for Poverty Reduction in Rural Africa" Catalyst project Dr Dan Lapworth talks about…

High-Tech meets Low-Tech: Using remote sensing to help manual drilling

Drilling for water can be expensive: it can cost up to £10,000 to drill a borehole that will have a £500 handpump installed on it.  However, there are alternatives - manual drilling methods are often most effective and just as…

End of project workshop summary: Prospection for low-fluoride sources in Ethiopia

Report fluoride - Brief Report presenting main findings The "Improving access to safe drinking water_prospection for low-fluoride sources Groundwater" Catalyst project has released a summary report of the main findings, presented in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in August. This Catalyst project,…

Will the wells run dry? An urgent need for better groundwater monitoring in Zimbabwe and Malawi identified.

Daina Mudimbu, from the University of Zimbabwe, presented the work in "Resource limitations to sustainability of groundwater well-points in basement complex regions of SSA" Catalyst Study. Download Presentation (PDF) In Malawi there is episodic recharge; there is sparse data in…

Tracking pollution from a small town in Zambia

James Sorenson (BGS) walked us through his poster presentation for his Catalyst Project: Mapping groundwater quality degradation beneath growing rural towns in Sub Saharan Africa. The story starts with a pesticide found in slug pellets, which was unexpectedly detected in…