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


Approaches for urban sanitation – which tool to choose?” by RémiKaupp on WaterAid blog. We are living in urban sanitation. “Options now include decentralised systems and faecal sludge management for pit toilets – by far still the most common type of toilet in developing cities.”

In this post you may find a ‘shit-flow diagram’ recently made in Bishoftu.


A ‘shit-flow diagram’ recently made in Bishoftu, Ethiopia, by the University of Leeds with the support of WaterAid Ethiopia.


Strategy for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene 2016-2030” on Reliefweb. Water, sanitation and hygiene has very high priority on SDGs list. And also contributes to numerous other goals, including those relating to nutrition, health, education, poverty and economic growth, urban services, gender equality, resilience and climate change.

Water connected to some other goals. That is why by 2030 everyone should have access to clean drinking water.

“WASH is essential in health care facilities, schools and early childhood development centres, but equally, these institutions offer platforms for engaging children in actions that promote behaviour change related to hygiene, sanitation and water.“


Sustainability in the pipeline: securing water and sanitation for the future” by Katherine Purvis on The Guardian. Global population increases year-by-year and it means that more people need clean water and adequate sanitation access.


Around the world, 650 million people lack access to safe water. Photograph: Jan Sochor/LatinContent/Getty Images

There are still 650 million people in the world who lack access to safe water and 2.3 billion people (1/5) live without adequate sanitation. UN says that by 2030 (the deadline of SDGs) another 1.5 billion people will live on this planet. Some of them will be on the territories where people have poor access to human needs. It means that money needs to be invested even faster.


Live Q&A: Menstruation is keeping girls out of school – what can we do?” by Anna Leachin The Guardian. In developing countries, starting menstruate can keep girls out of school.

One in 10 African girls skip school during these days. It is very important period for each girl, but nobody pays much attention in those countries.


Miss Tourism Ghana Ambassadors on Global Handwashing Day campaign” by Kwami Amit on Modern Ghana. Global Hand washing day was 15th of October. Miss Tourism Ghana Queen, with her two Princesses Ms. Geraldine Atta Sappor, Maya Opoku and Daniella AkorfaAwuma have initiated a special training showing how to do handwashing properly in parts of Tema.


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The main idea behind this event was to show the importance of handwashing with soap. It can prevent a lot of diseases and save lives.


How we help countries track and report on the Sustainable Development Goals on water, sanitation and hygiene” by Ana Maria Oviedo on World Bank blog. Still 663 million people need improved access to clean water and 2.4 billion to adequate sanitation.

For sustainable development goal number 6 the new adopted indicators are more refined and stricter than millennium development goals indicators:

  • Percentage of the population using safely managed drinking water services
  • Percentage of population using safely managed sanitation services, including a handwashing facility with soap and water


Pakistan did well on MDGs, but has yet to work on SGDs for better results” by Amar Guriro and Zulfiqar Kunbhar on Daily Times Pakistan. WaterAid says that Pakistan did well on Millennium development goals, but a lot of work needs to be done on sustainable development goals.

From each $1 invested in sanitation you can get $4 return – the official statement by WaterAid.


Why can people get access to mobile phones, and not safe water?” by Vincent Casey on End Water Poverty. A recent report by Pew Global found that South African and Nigerians have as many mobile phones as USA. 3G mobile data coverage is now available in many African countries too. But only 16% of people in Africa , live in a household with connection to a source of clean safe water.


A rural village in Zambia with a mobile base station in the background. Photo credit: © WaterAid/ Vincent Casey


Identifying the top ten countries in need of WASH financing” by Amy Keegan on Wash Watch.

  1. Locate where 90% of the global population who do not have access to improved sanitation reside.
  2. Locate where 90% of the global population who do not have access to improved water reside.
  3. Identify countries in which 60% of the population do not have access to improved sanitation.
  4. Identify countries in which 20% of the population do not have access to improved water.
  5. Locate where 90% of the global under five deaths from diarrhea occur.
  6. Review to see the countries that were selected the most from the first five steps.
  7. Identify top ten countries factoring in progress rates


Study: 87% get safe water, 61% have improved sanitation” by Abu Hayat Mahmud on Dhaka Tribune. Study says that Bangladesh has provided safe water supply to 87% of its population and improved sanitation access to 61% while it has successfully decreased open defecation rate to a mere 1%.

But still more than 20 million people in Bangladesh have no access to safe clean drinking water.