Next week: AMCOW’s Pan-Africa Groundwater Program – A Roadmap to Resilience

Tuesday 25 August | 16:00-16:45 https://youtu.be/7gFID4h7ytw Groundwater is key to safe water supply and climate resilience. This event showcases the African Ministers’ Council on Water’s (AMCOW) recent commitment to focus, through its Pan Africa Groundwater Program (APAGRoP), on groundwater to secure water…

New UPGro Film: Unlocking Africa’s Groundwater Potential

https://youtu.be/hLJxw6hkjYM Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor (UPGro), has been a seven-year international research programme (2013-2020), funded by the UK Department for International Development, Natural Environment Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council. Nearly 200 of…

UPGro Science: Affordable maintenance and repair are one of the main predictors of borehole functionality, highlighting the need for effective management models to improve rural water services [S10]

https://youtu.be/XGQQSA5KooM TEDxOxford Talk (2020) explains the development of t he Smart Handpump (please note, the sound level of recording is quite low) The reasons for poor water point functionality are complex; there is not a simple strong relationship between good…

New paper: Drinking water quality from rural handpump-boreholes in Africa

Open Access here: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ab8031 Groundwater provides a vital source of drinking water for rural communities in many parts of Africa, particularly in the dry season when there are few safe alternative sources. This paper summarises results from a study (n…

Webinaire, 16 Juin | Une crise cachée ? Résultats de la recherche sur les défaillances des forages en Éthiopie, au Malawi et en Ouganda

Rejoignez-nous pour le prochain webinaire du RWSN et du programme UPGro: Webinaire, 16 Juin | Une crise cachée ? Résultats de la recherche sur les défaillances des forages en Éthiopie, au Malawi et en Ouganda La mauvaise fonctionnalité des points…

Drilling dialogues: conversations about drilling professionalism and the rise of the off-grid city

by Adrian Healy, Cardiff University, UK The African Water Association Congress 2020 witnessed an increasing focus on the important role groundwater plays in urban water supplies across Africa. It was my pleasure to facilitate two lively panel debates on what…

APAGroP: A continental coalition is set in motion to support sustainable groundwater use across Africa

By Karen Villholth re-posted from GRIPP Principal Researcher, International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Across Africa, groundwater, held within soil and rock formations beneath the surface, provides fresh drinking water for around 70 percent of people. With its wide distribution and perennial…

Groundwater Science meets Policy at AfWA Congress

Day 2 of the AfWA Congress in Kampala, and the UPGro-convened stream of groundwater sessions got underway. First up was  session focusing on the AMCOW Pan-African Groundwater Program (APAGroP), with an opening by AMCOW Executive Secretary, Dr Canisius Kanangire, followed by a panel, featuring Tim Sumner from DFID

Groundwater could be the solution to contaminated Kampala slum water crisis

by Isaiah Esipisu After a recent study discovered traces of dangerous viruses including cancer causing pathogens in shallow groundwater in Kampala slums, residents of Makerere 2 Zone C can finally breathe a sigh of relief as further studies indicate that…

Live Now: #AfWAGroundwater2020

We are really excited that today, in Kampala, is the kick-off a week of activities to promote, show and discuss the opportunities and challenges of using groundwater for rural and urban water supply, and for environmental and economic sustainability. This is part of the African Minister’s Council on Water (AMCOW) new Pan-African Groundwater Program, which was launched in Nairobi in October last year, in partnership with UPGro (Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor), GRIPP, BGR and the Africa Groundwater Network and the Sustainable Groundwater Development Theme of RWSN.