a project for sustainable water access for all
Our project is revolved around two key ideas:
Establish a picture of the innovative solutions to local WATER SUPPLY problems, with the different water stakeholders.
general access :
Test a calculation methodology of the water cost for the people who are not connected to the public network.
Set up a methodology to calculate a balance between cost and positive repercussion of connection to the water public service.
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About the SUSTAINABLE access, we have two ways of acting which depend on the visited country:
– For Israel and Singapore, which are experts in water management, we want to meet the innovative stakeholders at every level (administration, industrials, start-up, NGOs..) to see what are the last innovations in the water sector.
– For India, Ethiopia and Bangladesh, we want to invest ourselves in one NGO selected for its capacities to innovate, respecting logic of sustainable development during more or less one month. Idea is to prove that another way of doing can work, and to make the most of local knowledge about a very specific problematic.
During this period, we would like to :
- Participate to the NGO daily work, to understand its way of working, and learn about their point of view about local water issues.
- Make some awareness campaigns. These campaigns will be separate in two parts: first, a simplified approach of water issues in the world and then, the setting up of a network between schools visited in each country with a common project to favour the meeting and the understanding of the other.
- Make their techniques, their successes and their failures to be known.
- Share with them techniques we could meet in other countries.
- Make an impact study of their action on the local population. The idea is to offer them an objective way to evaluate their job and try to find some axis for improvement.
About the access to water for ALL, we want to :
- Set up and test a calculation methodology of the actual cost of water for the ‘hidden’ section of the local community, to show that most of them are actually paying more than those who are connected to the network, to have water which quality is sometimes poor. Eliminating at the same time, the persistent prejudice accorded to people on the fringe of the system, who don’t have financial resources to connect to the water network and pay consumption charges, thus curbing their integration into the wider community.
- Set up a decision tool, that serves to calculate positive repercussions of people connection to the public water service. The idea is to show that bring people improved water source is a profitable investment for society.
This trip will allow us to test our methodologies in 6 very different contexts , putting its stability to field test. A generalization of these methodologies to a worldwide level could really abolish an important prejudice about water and contribute to a sustainable progress for water access.
issues taken up
Why these countries
We have chosen Israel and Singapore for their expertise in the water sector.
We have chosen India, Ethiopia and Bangladesh, because they have very different water issues:
Drought for Ethiopia, water supply in the slums for Bangladesh and water supply in rural areas with caste issues in India.
Then we have the new caledonian case which is a bit special because we are actually doing an internship there, so we use New Caledonia as test country for our work. And it allows us to tackle characteristic island water issues (subterranean freshwater lens in coral island and intrusions of saline water into agricultural lands).
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