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Benchmarking, perception study and wastewater technology guide

A recently completed study by South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and the Water Research Commission (WRC) found that 88% of urban South Africans perceived their tap water to be safe to drink. This is 7% higher than a similar study undertaken in 2011, showing increased confidence. The finding concurs with international studies, which found that most people in countries with a reliable potable water supply, perceive tap water as having a low risk.

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The total amount of groundwater on the planet

Water held in rock and soil below our feet, is estimated to be 23 million cubic km. The calculation comes from a Canadian-led team and is published in the journal Nature Geoscience. Significantly, little of this water - just 6% - is the kind of bankable resource that is most useful to people. Significantly, little of this water - just 6% - is the kind of bankable resource that is most useful to people. That small fraction is referred to as "modern" groundwater.

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The Integrated Projects in Germany and the UK

New LIFE funding will help bring over € 1 billion of support to environmental plans across the EU. The European Commission announced an investment of € 63.8 million for the first-ever"Integrated Projects" to be funded under the LIFE programme for the environment. "Integrated Projects" were introduced to implement environmental legislation on a wider scale and increase the impact of funding for plans developed on the regional, multi-regional or national level.

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Launch of the drought portal web portal of the Water Research Commission

The Water Research Commission (WRC) of South Africa has launched a unique online drought portal that will provide visitors with useful information on the current drought and links to various other drought-related websites. The 'Drought SA' portal will be an ongoing project and will be continuously populated with fresh research and knowledge that will empower visitors.

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World Toilet Day

Toilet Day on 19 November gets promoted every year via social media campaigns, online petitions, and by getting involved in a range of events held in different countries worldwide. More people in the world have a mobile phone than a toilet and of the seven billion people in the world six billion have mobile phones. The contrast to this is that only 4.5 billion people have access to toilets or latrines – implying that 2.5 billion people, mostly in rural areas, do not have proper sanitation.

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Assistance for Preparing Innovation Procurement in the Water Sector

A call for interest has been issued by the Water PiPP project, offering assistance to public authorities and water utilities interested in receiving assistance with innovation procurement in the water sector. The call is aimed at public procurers who are interested in preparing or launching a joint PCP or PPI initiative in the water sector between Sept 2015 and December 2016.

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Updating the Water JPI SRIA

We are currently updating the Water JPI Strategic Research and innovation Agenda (SRIA 2.0) and we need your input. To submit your proposed Research and Development Needs/Gaps to the SRIA, please complete the Online Template available here

For background information:

WWater JPI SRIA 2.0ater JPI SRIA 2.0

This publication sets out specific RDI priorities or areas where RDI measures are highly recommended within five main themes. It will be implemented during the period 2016-2019.

   

An introduction Water JPI SRIA

An Introduction to the Water JPI SRIA

Short version of the Water JPI Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.
Read more about the identified research priorities for the future.

  

Water JPI key achievements 2011-2016

This publication presents the ten main goals achieved by the initiative till now.

 

 

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