The Past, Present and Future of Groundwater – Inspiration from the IAH Congress

by Kerstin Danert, RWSN/Skat

The 43rd Congress of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) brings together 800 specialists from all around the world. It is the first morning, and I am already inspired. Although the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) has worked alongside and interacted considerably with IAH over its history, I personally only joined IAH this year. However, I am very glad to have become a member of such a warm and committed association which explicitly recognises the importance of cooperation between groundwater experts and other specialists. IAH is about much moth than sophisticated technical models. And so I encourage other RWSN members with an interest in groundwater to do the same, and benefit from being exchange with others.

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Meet UPGro at the 7th RWSN Forum

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As part of our mission to connect research with policy and practice, UPGro is proud to become a Bronze Sponsor of the 7th RWSN Forum, which will be held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire at the end of November this year.

The RWSN Forum is held only every 5 years and is the global event on rural water supply. The event will be English and French, will allow groundwater experts from across Africa to share their experiences and find out more about the exciting UPGro research.

On Friday, 2nd December it is planned to have a whole day on groundwater research and use in collaboration with the British Geological Survey, the University of Milano Bicocca, the US National Groundwater Association and Water Mission.

More details to be posted over the next few months.

How do you solve a problem like a broken water pump?

World Water Day 2016 article on The Guardian by Katherine Purvis, 22/03/2016

Long considered a symbol of development aid, up to 40% of handpumps in sub-Saharan Africa are broken at any one time. Technology is offering smart solutions.

Over the past few decades, the humble handpump has become the go-to option for rural water supply in developing countries. They’re used to extract groundwater which is mostly clean, easy and cheap to access, and available year-round. Handpumps are usually a better option than open wells – which are highly vulnerable to contamination – and piped schemes or motorised pumps, which require the skills, finances, and management that’s often lacking in remote, rural areas.

Read more on the Guardian website