Partly to keep the readers of the Hope Spring Water blog informed, partly to keep up to date with what is happening in the world of WaSH, our versatile volunteer Evgeniy Gakaviy has just started a monthly blog post series called the “Water and Sanitation roundup”. In these posts, he shares excerpts from some of the leading WaSH news posts and articles he comes across in a given month.

Here is Evgeniy’s WaSH roundup; we hope you find it informative and/or useful. If you have WaSH-related articles, news, or information you would like him to include in a future WaSH roundup, please use our contact page to get in touch with Evgeniy.


2018 Synthesis Report on Water and Sanitation in-depth Review” – UN Water Publication

In order for countries to track the progress of the 2030 agenda, an integrated review of the sustainable development goals is crucial. Johan Gely, Head of Global Programme Water at the Swiss Agency for Development and cooperation, explained how the 2018 Synthesis Report on SDG 6, which is scheduled for May 2018, could aid countries to get a vivid overview and tackle disparity. According to Gely, What is needed is a paradigm shift to meet the SDG 6 and ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. A report like this tackles disparity and will enable countries to get a full interpretation that can help evaluate policy frameworks and development strategies.


Understanding The Mounting Garbage Crisis In Delhi” on millennium post.

In Delhi for the past 3 months, sanitation workers have not received salary. The streets of the city are now littered with garbage.

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“It is the responsibility of the respective municipalities to give the due salaries of the sanitation workers on time,” says Shashi Bhushan, head of All India Kabadi Majdoor Mahasangh (AIKMM). Bhushan further adds that this is not the first time that non-payment of salaries is happening with EDMC workers. “The private companies operating in the companies get tipping fees as per the contract signed between the municipality and company, but so is not the case with sanitation workers. It is a violation of their rights,” explains Bhushan.


Charting a new roadmap for Lagos water crisis” by Bayo Ogunmupe on Guardian Nigeria.

According to the research, $2.5 billion is required to achieve needed access to water in Lagos, beginning with $737.66 million in the 2010-2016 period.

Lagos is the biggest city in Nigeria with over 21 million residents and it is a very big challenge to provide adequate portable water to them.


Water cuts leave four million people at risk in Syria” by CNW Group on Finance Yahoo.

Millions of people in Syria do not have water for two weeks because water network in the region was damaged.

Many families are paying $12/1000 litres of water and they get it from private companies.


Childhood mortality among children under 5 has decreased by almost 50% since 1990 in DR Congo” by Yves Willemot on ponabana.

The percentage of children dying from illnesses like malaria has fallen by almost 70% in DR Congo. 104 deaths per 1,000 live birth.

80% of children aged 6-11 attend primary school. The figure doubled compared to 2001-2002 statistics while 1.7 million people are displaced.

KEY FIGURES – Health, nutrition, education, birth registrations, humanitarian crisis, …. Everything you should know about the situation of children in DRC.



WASH: ‘Strong Political Will Needed To Achieve SDGs’” on The Tide News Online. Mr Saheed Mustafa from Water Aid Nigeria says that strong political will is needed to achieve sustainable development goals by 2030. Nigeria failed to meet Millennium development goals due to low priority and poor funding.


Implementing the SDGs at national level: Recommendations for civil society reporting” by Ruth Fuller Beck Smith on Bond.

10 recommendations for civil society reporting to the HLPF

  1. Acknowledge good practice and areas for improvement
  2. Bring together a variety of voices
  3. Respond directly to the government progress report
  4. Avoid generalities and make clear recommendations for action and improvement
  5. Provide examples and evidence to back up claims
  6. Provide insight into civil society engagement
  7. Demonstrate civil society’s commitment to implementation
  8. Keep reports short and focused
  9. Engage the reader with good design and structure
  10. Ensure reports are easy to disseminate


Government commitment to water provision inadequate” on Newsday Zimbabwe.

“GOVERNMENT’s financial commitment to water is insufficient to deal with growing water borne-diseases outbreaks, a lobby group has said”.

“The budget proposed $16.4 million towards water and sanitation programmes, of which $10.4 million targets both urban and rural local authorities, while $6 million caters for Zimbabwe National Water Authority and the District Development Fund. The commitment to water and sanitation by government, therefore, stands at 0.4 % of the total budget”


Raising Awareness around Critical Water Issues using Humor with a Twist” on World Bank Water.

The new 2017 calendar shows some of the major challenges in providing water and sanitation to all through the lens of humor.

  • More than 600 million people do not have access to safe clean drinking water;
  • 4 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation;
  • 1 billion people practice open defecation


Water, sanitation innovations to transform urban slums” on scidev.

Copyright: Panos


This project can improve the delivery of water and improve sanitation in urban areas. The success of the project will be measured by the health improvement.

“Our goal is to reduce exposure of communities to environmental faecal contamination.” Rebekah Brown, Monash Sustainable Development Institute


Turkey Water Supply and Sanitation Figures” by World Water Bank.

It is an infographic. Here are some key points:

  • 91% of Turkey population have access to the municipal water supply network;
  • 8% live in a house or work at a place connected to sewerage network;
  • 64% are provided with wastewater treatment service;
  • 97% rate of access to the municipal water supply network for the population.