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Sanitation: Past, Present and Future

wehdaysmFriday, September 26, 2014 is World Environmental Health Day.

During the day a 6 part seminar will take place via Google Hangouts On Air to look back at how we got to this point, what the options are for innovation going forward, and how to respond to the needs of communities in rural areas and developing countries.

These sessions are provided at no cost and will be streamed live to be recorded via YouTube.

Session 1. 10- 10.45 am ET  https://plus.google.com/events/c5a8pagbtudisb61rk20uf4523k

Dendra Best, Executive Director WasteWater Education 501(c)3 will present a brief history of sanitation in the US and how that has shaped the technology of infrastructure ever since.

Session 2. 11 – 11.45 am ET https://plus.google.com/events/c2j07kdvnstis05ijsmkidjhip0

Patrick Lucey – why traditional infrastructure is now unsustainable. His bio can be found at the aqua-tex.ca web site. See:  http://aqua-tex.ca/index.php?id=2&press=1&draw_column=1:1:2

Session 3. 11.50 am ET – 12.40 pm ET https://plus.google.com/events/cbp6bl8rf77e3kmgbufender4ak

Patrick Lucey – successful case studies of sustainable integrated water systems from Canada and the US.

Break for Lunch

Session 4. 1.30 – 2.30 pm ET https://plus.google.com/events/cpb2ea4j9o2cqn3500jirsqukso

The reality of Sierra Leone and Guinea – Derek Reinhard and the work of DeeperMissions.org

The theme for Environmental Health Day 2014 is inequality of access. Not only does DeeperMissions work in one of the poorest regions in west Africa, it now has to deal with the massive Ebola epidemic.

Session 5. 2.40pm ET – 3.20pm ET https://plus.google.com/events/c1s6h0ajh5obbe4kgsom5oq70i8

Patrick Lucey. A better future: how to export 21st. century knowledge not 19th century thinking.

If the problem is massive, is this the time to rethink how we provide basic sanitation and clean drinking water systems both here in the West and in developing countries? The environmental, weather and financial climate is a whole new ball game from when most of these technologies were the norm. What kind of legacy are we creating for our children or grandchildren if we keep on doing the same thing?

Session 6. 3.45pm ET – 4.30pm ET https://plus.google.com/events/c9al5e9p3j3n5mmabovd78diksg

CollaborativeWaterSolutions.com Team – relevance to both small rural communities in CA and the US as well as Haiti, Africa and S. America.

Culture, demographics, access to support structures and expertise – all play a vital role in ensuring whatever is proposed as the ‘ideal’ solution will actually be feasible AND workable in the long run. So often planning is something that is done TO a community not WITH it.

Collaborative Water Solutions was created to build on the stellar work done by Water Environment Research Foundation where a team developed the Small Community Decision Making Tool to help local leaders determine their own best options for wastewater service.

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Decentralized wastewater treatment

Decentralized wastewater treatment seems to be gradually gaining a foothold in my state of Ohio as a solution in situations where neither the “Big pipe” or individual onsite systems can be used exclusively to fix water pollution problems caused by failing or sub-standard septic systems.  Although the decentralized concept is being used in a few places, the whole idea is still relatively new here.  If anyone on the forum has any personal experiences working with decentralized systems, please share them here so we can all learn from them.