AfriWatSan was a 7-year capacity-strengthening (2015-2021) and cross-disciplinary research collaboration tackling the fundamental challenge of sustaining low-cost water supply and sanitation systems that conjunctively use the subsurface as both a source of safe water and a repository for faecal waste.
Developing the scientific evidence to inform policies sustaining on-site water supplies and sanitation systems in urban Africa
Capacity-strengthening based on the the identified skills gaps of individuals and institutions
Developing practices to sustain low-cost, on-site water supplies and sanitation systems in urban Africa
• to map and characterise urban aquifers, water-supply well catchments, and on-site sanitation systems
• to assess the vulnerability of urban aquifers and water-supply wells to microbiological and chemical faecal pollution
• to quantitatively assess the impact of different low-cost, water supply and on-site sanitation strategies on urban groundwater and human health
• to develop with stakeholders implementable, evidence based strategies for sustaining low-cost water supply and sanitation systems in African cities