The H2020 Run4Life project is organising a Stakeholder Engagement Workshop as a side event at the IFAT trade fair in Munich, on May 17th. Everyone with an interest in nutrient recovery is invited to take part in this inspiring event. The programme includes a wide variety of speakers ensuring that it will be a very interesting morning. Please visit http://run4life-project.eu/run4life-ifat to have a look at the programme, and register your attendance.
Prithvi Simha, Jenna Senecal, and Björn Vinnerås just returned after spending a week in Durban, South Africa. We travelled there to present our novel sanitation technology called alkaline urine dehydration to several potential collaborators, and to see if the technology could fit into the local context. We met with sanitation experts from the Pollution Research Group at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the eThekwini Municipality, and Envirosan (a toilet manufacturer based in Durban). The trip was extremely fruitful with a positive response from all experts about our technology. We even brought back with us two new urine-diverting toilets to test our system with (thank you Envirosan!). Our next step will be to return to Durban with a pilot-scale urine drying system that the Pollution Research Group will test at their research facility. Following this, drying units will also be tested in people’s homes at the eThekwini municipality. A big thank you to Chris Buckley for co-ordinating the trip & to the NJ Committee on Global Affairs for the financial assistance.SLU EnviroSan Loot; PC: Chris Buckley
Björn Vinnerås deltog i detta möte på ETHs kursgård Monte Verita i Ascona i södra delen av Schweiz. Platsen var en av de mer bildsköna mötesplatser man kan tänka sig med palmer i förgrunden och snöklädda berg i bakgrunden. Utsikten från konferenscentret Monte Verita. PC: Björn Vinnerås
Fokus Deltagarna i mötet var 35 internationella experter omkring decentraliserad sanitet. Fokus för diskussionerna var framtidens enskilda avlopp med ett specifikt fokus på lokala lösningar. Bernhard Truffer, EAWAG presenterar skillnaden i kostnad mellan centralicerade och decentraliserade system i relation till antalet användare i Schweiz. PC: Max Maurer
In a very recent study published in Science of the Total Environment, Sahar Dalahmeh, a researcher at the Environmental Engineering Unit and her co-workers investigated concentrations and partitioning of 26 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in wastewater, surface water, soil and crop plants (yam, maize and sugarcane) in Nakivubo wetland and Lake Victoria at Kampala, Uganda.Location of the study area at Kampala, Uganda, and the sampling sites
Professor Håkan Jonsson received the 2018 Water Prize from Föreningen Vatten yesterday (14.03.2018) for his work on nutrient recycling. Many congratulations to him from all of us at the kretsloppsteknik research group at SLU!
Marta Ahlquist-Juhlén from Föreningen vatten delivering the Vatten-priset to Professor Håkan Jönsson; PC – Magnus Berglund
Jenna Senecal attended a course on Molecular Methods for Detection of Food- and Waterborne Pathogens in Helsinki, Finland (04.03.2018-08.03.2018). The course was taught and attended by top researchers from the Nordic countries. She learned about the latest available technologies for DNA extraction and analyses being used for detecting pathogenic strains of viruses, bacteria and parasites.
Group Photo with PCR
There is a lot going in the SPANS project in Uganda right now.
We have started demonstration units of nutrient-recovery treatment technologies for fecal sludge at the Luibgi wastewater treatment plant in Kampala. Two MSc students from Luleå University of Technology are currently operating demonstration units for treatment with lime and urea. The students are collecting and analyzing samples to determine if the technologies are functioning properly with regard to reduction of public and environmental health risks. They are also doing interviews with workers at the wastewater treatment plant and other stakeholders to understand the levels of acceptance and feasibility of implementing such technologies within the existing management structures. Soon two students from Makerere University will be starting a demonstration unit with Black Soldier Fly composting at the wastewater treatment plant.
SLU and IAS (International Aid services) jointly hosted a round table meeting on the 25th of January in Nairobi, Kenya. Different stakeholders such as local politicians, NGOs and researchers took part in the meeting, to discuss how to jointly solve the sanitation situation in Africa’s largest urban slum, Nairobi’s Kibera.
Participants of the round table meeting. PC: Sheila Gatumu
On March 14th, Professor Håkan Jönsson will be awarded the Water Prize by Föreningen Vatten (Society Water). ”Never during my 10 years in the board of Föreningen Vatten have we received so many heavy nominations for a certain person. Most universities, organizations and individuals in the industry have shown strong support for this prize winner”, writes Marta Ahlquist-Juhlén, the chairman of Föreningen Vatten.
Among others, Prof. Jönsson has actively worked to close the cycle between cities and rural areas for 25 years, and his research has made a great impression. Most well-known is his commitment to upstream solutions in wastewater systems and his work on recycling plant nutrients from wastewater to arable land.
Photo: Julio Gonzales/SLU
How much water do each of us use every day? Can future sanitation systems and off-the-grid houses be designed so as to minimize energy and water consumption? Where does wastewater management fit into the waste hierarchy/pyramid? In his presentation, Björn Vinnerås, Associate Professor at SLU shares with us his vision of future housing: a future where there is ‘no need for network connections, neither electricity nor water, and nor wastewater’.