AfriWatSan PhD student presents at Ziguinchor University

04/05/2018

AfriWatSan PhD student, Mor Talla Diaw, presented his research at the first session of the “doctoriales” in March 2018 at Assane Seck University of Ziguinchor in southern Senegal. This session of the doctoriales brought together PhD students from five universities in Senegal to discuss their research. Here, Mor Talla presented his recent research highlighting the magnitude of faecal contamination of the Thiaroye shallow aquifer. Further, Mor Talla showed using advanced digital mapping of on-site sanitation facilities in Dakar the strong relationship between the magnitude of faecal contamination and the density of on-site sanitation facilities including septic tanks or pit latrines….


National Medal to Dr. Robinah Kulabako on International Women’s Day!

16/03/2018

AfriWatSan co-investigator, Dr. Robinah Kulabako, received a National Medal from the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, on an occasion to mark International Women’s Day, March 8th 2018, in Mityana, Uganda. The award recognises Robinah’s very substantial contributions not only to research in civil and environmental engineering and natural sciences but also to the education and training of the next generation of engineers and scientists. Robinah’s success and internationally renowned expertise in these traditionally male-dominated disciplines provides a clear example and inspiration for other women at Makerere University and beyond, that they too can succeed in science.


Field Research in action: Dakar water quality and sanitation assessments

18/02/2018

Between September and November 2017, the AfriWatSan team in Dakar were busy undertaking field surveys in the Cape Verde peninsula to assess groundwater quality and levels in the Thiaroye aquifer. The team also assessed potential sites for the construction of integrated research observatories to monitor the impact of on-site sanitation on shallow groundwater. The research team consisting of PI Cheikh Gaye; AfriWatSan PhD students; Abdoulaye Pouye; Mor Talla Diaw; and MSc Students; Djim Mouhamadou Lamine Diongue; Alpha Diao, and supported by Moussa Sow (technician); sampled 34 shallow wells and boreholes, and downloaded high-frequency observations of groundwater levels from recently installed dataloggers (In Situ AquaTroll…


AfriWatSan 3rd Annual Workshop in Kisumu

23/07/2017

AfriWatSan held its 3rd annual workshop in Kisumu, Kenya from the 10th to 16th of July (2017) engaging with 40 stakeholders from the private sector (e.g. KIWASCO, WSUP), NGOs (e.g. Wandiege WatSan), government ministries (County Ministry for Water, Environment and Natural Resources, Ministry of Health), other government agencies (WRMA, LBDA) and allied research institutions (Great Lakes University). Hosted by the University of Nairobi, the workshop held lively discussions between stakeholders and the cross-disciplinary research team around the potential role of groundwater use and sustaining access to safe water in Kisumu, particularly to low-income, peri-urban communities.   Caption:AfriWatSan team and stakeholders meet in Kisumu at…


Kisumu stakeholder engagement workshop

23/05/2017

A one day stakeholder engagement workshop was held at the Kisumu Hotel on 14th June 2016 from 8.00 am to 5.00pm. The workshop was organized by the AfriWatSan Kenya team led by the PI, Prof. D. Olago, CO-PIs, Dr. R. Ayah and Dr. S. Dulo and the PhD student, Mr. J. Kanoti, in collaboration with the Department of Geology, University of Nairobi. The workshop was funded under Africa Capacity Building Initiative of The Royal Society and UK government’s Department for International Development. Figure 1: Group photograph during the Workshop. Front row from left is Dr. R. Ayah, Ms. S. Kanga, Prof. N. Opiyo,…


Hydrogeological field campaign in Dakar

19/05/2017

As part of its Afriwatsan research project activities in Dakar, the Hydrogeologist research team undertook a field mission focused on groundwater sampling, in-situ data collection and Data-logger installation. This campaign started from the 19th to 22th April 2017. Figure 1: Water sampling from a borehole The team included the Principal Investigator (Pl), 3 hydrogeologist supervisors, 2 Phd students and 1 MSc student. The mission involved a network of hydraulic structures located in the peri-urban (Thiaroye) and the rural area. It follows a similar first campaign carried out last year with the University Cheikh Anta Diop cross-disciplinary (groundwater-sanitation-health) team. The implementation of…


UCL’s Dr. Luiza Campos visits to UCAD

30/03/2017

Dr. Luiza Campos, AfriWatSan co-Investigator from UCL, visited Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) Dakar (Senegal) from 6th to 10th March, 2017. Her visit sought to: (1) identify potential areas of collaborative research on urban, low-cost sanitation provision; (2) understand the sanitation service supply chain and its relation to groundwater resources and public health in Dakar;(3) review equipment needs; and (4) advise on research activities related to sanitation aspects including on-going PhD research under AfriWatSan. Dr. Campos meets UCAD AfriWatSan Team, visits Laboratory of Wastewater Treatment (LATEU), and together with Dr Seydou Niang, runs a seminar with UCAD post-graduate students. Left: Dr Luiza Campos…


Water quality and geophysical testing in Kisumu

21/03/2017

From the 21st November and 11th December (2016), the cross-disciplinary (groundwater-sanitation-health) University of Nairobi team conducted water quality analyses in Kisumu in both a densely populated, urban area (Obunga, Manyatta) and a less-densely populated peri-urban area (Kanyakwar).   The team, comprising the PI, two co-PIs, a geophysicist, PhD student, 4 Laboratory technologists, 2 MSc students and a Public Health PhD researcher, conducted rapid tests for (faecal) thermotolerant coliforms as well as hydrochemical analyses using newly acquired HydroLab Quanta water quality monitoring kit and Wagtech potable water quality laboratory (Figs. 1 & 2) and geophysical tests (Vertical Electrical Soundings) to assess depth to bedrock…


Surveying water supply and sanitation conditions in Kisumu

21/03/2017

From the 28th November to 3rd December (2016) the cross-disciplinary (groundwater-sanitation-health) University of Nairobi AfriWatSanteam surveyed water supply and sanitation conditions in Kisumu in both a densely populated, urban area (Obunga, Manyatta) and a less-densely populated peri-urban area (Kanyakwar).  The team sought to characterize the health status/disease burden of populations living in informal settlements in Kisumu in relation to urban aquifers, water-supply well catchments, and on-sanitation systems. Figure 1: Unprotected Spring In Obunga, the team noted the existence of a range of water sources including piped water supplied by KIWASCO (Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company), individual boreholes (some unprotected) and…


Pan-African groundwater-level analysis and training workshop

28/02/2017

AfriWatSan, supported by the UPGro programme and ESPRC, conducted a pan-African capacity-strengthening and knowledge co-production workshop at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Morogoro, Tanzania from the 10th to 12th of February 2017. Fourty (40) participants from 12 countries in Africa took part and analyzed multi-decadal, groundwater-level data (“chronicles”) from 9 countries including Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, Sénégal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.  Participants comprised PhD students and more experienced researchers (mentors & supervisors) as well as representatives from government ministries and the private sector. Training focused on the application of the water-table fluctuation method for analyzing groundwater-level records and was led by The Chronicles Consortium, an international consortium of scientists…