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An action research project is developing a decision-support tool to help deliver arsenic- and salt-free drinking water in Bangladesh. 

An action research project is developing a decision-support tool to help deliver arsenic- and salt-free drinking water in Bangladesh. The béta-version of the tool is now online at: astradst.info

On 7 April 2014, thirty Bangladeshi water experts came together at the Practical Action Bangladesh headquarters in Dhaka to test the tool and suggest improvements. A similar workshop with Dutch experts will take place at IRC's office in The Hague, The Netherlands on 8 July 2014.

The decision support tool is the major output of the ASTRA (Aiding Sustainable Water Technology Realization in Arsenic contaminated Areas of Bangladesh) Project. The project is part of the innovation and learning component of the BRAC WASH II programme, funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands (EKN/DGIS) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). Under the supervision of IRC and BRAC, the Dutch PRACTICA Foundation leads the ASTRA consortium, which includes Delft University of Technology, Practical Action Bangladesh and the WASTE Foundation.

The decision support tool still misses examples of well documented community-scale, salt-removing technologies and methods. If you have a good example, please submit it to Dr.ir. G.L. Szántó, info@astradst.info