Challenging water and technology experts to work together and create innovative solutions to today's global water problems

The World Bank Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) include a target to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2015. Water productivity is an essential key to help meet the World Bank’s target. Did you know water use in agriculture consumes more than 75 percent of water in the developing world? Demand for more food goes hand in hand with population increases. Water productivity will have to be raised to meet the demand for for more food. One way to help the World Bank meet its MDG is to help raise awareness to how capturing and saving rainfall can help irrigate crops.

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Water Canary

July 28, 2011

After a disaster strikes, responders naturally try to push supplies and relief efforts as far and wide as possible in the hopes of reaching everyone affecte

d as quickly as possible. Potable water and water-cleansing pills, such as iodine, are affected by this mentality along with all other relief efforts. However, this broad push does not always reflect reality on the ground. One area’s water supply may not be affected at all, and yet it might receive a substantial allocation of emergency water simply because it is in the “affected” area. This siphons off resources from other areas that may have absolutely not water at all.

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Water Point Mapper

July 28, 2011

Protecting and monitoring water access has long been a challenge throughout the developing world.   The ability the effectively and efficiently monitor and visualize water points can help. Today, there are few areas of development that carry more importance than the effective provision of potable water. East Africa is currently experiencing a crippling drought that threatens the lives of millions of people.  As such, we need to continually seek out efficient and proactive means of monitoring and improving access to water points.

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The WaterHackathon team in Nairobi led by our friends at WSP and MapKibera are hosting two water community discussion events this weekend. The first event will take place tomorrow, Friday July 22nd, at Jowanga Hotel in Mathare and start at 8:50 a.m. in the morning. The discussion will conclude no later than 1 p.m and lunch will be provided. The Kibera water community discussion event will take place on Saturday the 23rd at Mchanganyiko Community Center in Kibera and will kick off at the same time.
 The purpose of the event is to bring key local government officials, community members, local organizations, Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC), NGOs and the World Bank together to discuss water issues in Mathare. We want to identify the most pressing water related problems in the community.. as defined by the community..  in order to find new and innovative solutions. 
Those interested in participating should contact Max @ 

The Third Africa Conference on Hygiene and Sanitation (AfricaSan 3) to be held from July 19-21, 2011 in Kigali, Rwanda. AfricaSan 3 is being hosted by the Government of Rwanda and the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW).

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The Liberian government is now moving to consolidate and expand interventions in the rural water sector, but the prerequisite for doing so in an effective, targeted manner is a detailed map and inventory of the existing safe water points. If only there were an app for that…
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From left: Pat Gunn, Pankay Sadaphal, Jorge Escurra and Kate Peterson. The team of volunteer programmers and water specialist met for the first time at the Philadelphia but continue to work on their project today.
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This application, named Nanao Ganesh, allows farmers in India to establish remote contact with distant, modem-equipped electric irrigation pumps, to check on power supply and pump operation without the need to travel long distances.
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You are invited to contribute a problem definitions on any of the wide-range of water issues facing developing countries today, including access to clean water to sanitation, flood management, agricultural water management and environmental pollution.

Click here for ideas, here for examples and here to learn how to submit your water problem.

Julia Bucknall (WorldBank) discusses WaterHackathon

Find a World Water Day event near you here.