Success in Syria: making sulphurous water drinkable

Leen Saeb, Public Health Engineer, shares a success from our Syria programme. In Salamiyah City, Oxfam has worked with local engineers to perform the impressive feat of setting up a reverse osmosis plant to treat sulphurous water, permanently. Salamiyah city in Hama Governorate, Syria, has been suffering from severe water shortages as a result of the prolonged crisis and increased … Read More

Syria: “Getting enough water has become my obsession…”

Razan is a 30-year-old accountant lives with her mother in the Syrian city of Salamiyah. Racha Chamoun reports on how Oxfam is working to improve access to water for people like her. “My life is based around the need to get water. Sometimes I skip work or stay up all night, turning the domestic water pump on and off, just … Read More

Managing water locally

Communities are frequently excluded from important aspects of environmental management. But they can play a fundamental role in the management of common pool resources such as water. This is particularly true when state capacity is weak or when communities remain on the periphery of support from any government. Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) has been widely promoted over the last … Read More

Affordable potable water for the island residents of Hilantagaan

Hilantagaan Island is a 15 minutes boat ride from the main Bantayan Island and from the port of Sta. Fe with an average monthly income of Php 3,000 to 4,000 pesos and fishing and farming as main livelihood sources. Here households pay Php 10 to 15 pesos per container- which is a 20 litre jerry can for their daily water … Read More

Solar powered pumping at depth

Nyarugusu camp, Tanzania, 2016 Oxfam and solar partner Epicenter Africa have successfully installed one of the largest ever solar arrays in a refugee camp – proving that solar technology is now effective at pumping from a depth of 103 metres. Nyarugusu camp lies along the Tanzania-Burundi border, and houses 155,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees who have fled violence in their … Read More

Chulli Water Purifier

Using waste heat from cooking in Bangladesh Much of Bangladesh suffers from frequent flooding, coastal storm surges and devastating tropical cyclones. When disaster strikes, trying to access clean water is a huge problem for thousands of families. In rural areas the most common source of water is from open ponds. Large numbers of people do not have access to sand … Read More

Solar water pumping system

dadaab refugee camp, Kenya, 2010-13 Although solar pumps have been around for many years, it is only recently that more powerful pumps have become available which are suitable for deep boreholes (150+ metres) and high demand found in Dadaab. This has coincided with a reduction in costs of solar (photovoltaic) panels. Oxfam installed the first solar pump in Dadaab in … Read More