WATERSPOUTT General Assembly. Monday 29th May to Wednesday 31st May 2017.
Shared dialogue workshops held in Malawi
WATERSPOUTT at the Pan Africa Chemistry Network Congress
Solar Ceramic prototypes in Malawi
Waterspoutt first prototype
WATERSPOUTT was featured in Pan European Networks Science and Technology magazine as an exemplary project carried out by the 3U partnership, a collaboration of Higher Education Institutions in Ireland.
Today starts the General Assembly of WATERSPOUTT at Stellenbosch University (Western Cape, South Africa).
Researchers from the University of Malawi (WASHTED Centre) and Strathclyde have now finalized their research areas in Traditional Authority Lundu, Chikwawa District in the Southern Region of Malawi. The area suffers from specific water access issues related to complex hydrogeological challenges which forces community members to use unprotected water sources or travel long distances for potable water. In partnership with social science researchers from Maynooth and Buckinghamshire New University’s, the Malawi team also conducted their first community based Shared Dialogue Workshop for the WATERSPOUTT project in Chikwawain May 2017. The workshop started with structured discussions with a range of community-based stakeholders exploring issues of water governance, water access, gender and water treatment technologies. Subsequently, participants were shown a range of water treatment systems including solar water disinfection, ceramic filtration and a combined solar ceramic system, (prototype). Feedback from this workshop will support the design of the final solar ceramic system to be trialed in Malawi in 2018.
Jacent Asiimwe and Wesaal Khan represented the WATERSPOUTT team at the Royal Society of Chemistry / Pan Africa chemistry Network conference, held in Nairobi, Kenya from 30 November to 2 December.
Researchers from EES, PSA, RCSI and MUT completed a field trip to Makondo in Southern Uganda in November to identify appropriate sites for the field location of the solar rainwater reactors. Six candidate primary schools in the area were visited and finally Kabuyoga and Arise & Shine primary schools were selected.
Dr. Lyndon Buck was conducting a scoping exercise to determine if local pottery/ceramic groups and plastics manufacturers might be able to produce the Solar Ceramic prototypes in Malawi.
WATERSPOUTT are excited to release pictures of our first prototype harvested rainwater solar reactor which has just been assembled in Plataforma Solar de Alméria. While the final prototype design will be much simpler, the intention is that the solar reactor will produce at least 100 L of treated water per day.