"We can see that what was happening six or seven thousand years ago is still affecting what is happening in the subsurface from a salinity point of view. If you want to know what is happening now, you have to go back in time and try to understand how the groundwater system works," says Oude Essink
The BRAC WASH II research call for low-cost water technologies was won by PRACTICA Foundation, based in The Netherlands. Their project title is ASTRA, Aiding Sustainable Water Technology Realization in Arsenic and Salinity contaminated Areas of Bangladesh.
SWIBANGLA is the name of the winning project tendered by the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre for the BRAC WASH II programme. SWIBANGLA stands for managing saltwater intrusion impacts in Bangladesh and was kicked-off formally at the BRAC head office in Dhaka on Sunday 7 July, 2013.
The Managing Saltwater Intrusion Impacts in Bangladesh (SWIBANGLA) applied research project aims to make the salinization issue an integral part of water safety planning in Bangladesh. This can only be achieved when a sufficient level of awareness, knowledge and skills is reached.
The 'Value at the end of the Sanitation Value-chain' (VeSV) project aims to develop and adopt business models for a low cost, safe method for the collection and processing of faecal sludge from pit latrines; a method that can be operated by local entrepreneurs and results in the production of a...
The Sanitation Technology for Enterprises (SANTE) applied research project aims to identify safe sustainable solutions for sanitation in high water table areas, rocky areas and flood prone areas in Bangladesh.
Action research in the BRAC WASH II programme focuses on six issues: sanitation in areas with high groundwater tables, secondary sludge treatment, low-cost water supply technologies, saline intrusion, monitoring and pit latrine sludge processing.