Recent projects with research impact

The next generation toilet?

A CWSI concept known as the Nano Membrane Toilet was recently selected by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a winner in its ‘Reinvent the Toilet Challenge Round 2’. The Nano Membrane Toilet aims to treat human waste without external energy or water and uses a combination of innovative nano and advanced water treatment technologies and Cranfield University’s specialist design skills. The concept works by reducing the water content of the sludge through membranes that allow extraction of water as a vapour, using a mechanism powered by the user. The resulting sludge moves downwards under gravity and is encapsulated in briquette form, with the potential for reuse in combusting or applying to land as a fertiliser.

Solving water and sanitation problems in Sub Saharan Africa

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) technologies have potential to meet the needs of populations in Sub-Saharan Africa and other developing countries but few have actually been scaled-up and integrated into country development strategies. With support from the European Commission 7th Framework Program and in collaboration with development partners from Europe and Africa, CWSI have developed a range of tools to aid WASH technology assessment and scale-up. The project, known as WASHTech, employed an action research methodology within three participant countries; Burkina Faso, Ghana and Uganda. The tools are now in the public domain and being used via the Rural Water Supply Network.

Recent relevant publications

Taylor, S., Asimah, S.A., Buamah, R., Nyarko, K., Sekuma, S.P, Coulibaly, Y.N., Wozuame, A., Jeffrey, P., Parker, A.H., Towards sustainable water sanitation and hygiene technology use in Water Sanitation and Hygiene in sub-Saharan Africa: the Learning Alliance approach, Water Policy, in press 

Nussbaumer,D., Sutton, I., Parker, A. (2016) Groundwater Data Management by Water Service Providers in Peri-Urban Areas of Lusaka, Water 8(4), 135Parker AH & Summerill C. (2013) Water Safety Plans in East Africa, Motivations and barriers. Waterlines, 32(2): 11 - 124.

Hutchings, P, Parker, A.H., Jeffrey, P (2016) The political risks of technological determinism in rural water supply: a case study from Bihar, India, Journal of Rural Studies 45, 252-259

Hutchings, P., Chan, M. Y., Cuadrado, L., Ezbakhe, F., Mesa, B., Tamekawa, C., & Franceys, R. (2015). A systematic review of success factors in the community management of rural water supplies over the past 30 years. Water Policy, 17(5), 963

Rose, C., Parker A., Jefferson, B, Cartmell E. (2015) The characterization of faeces and urine; a review of the literature to inform advanced treatment technology, (2015) Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology 45, 1-53

Elster, D., Holman, I.P.*, Parker, A., Rudge, L., (2014) An investigation of the basement complex aquifer system in Lofa county, Liberia, for the purpose of siting boreholes, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology 47, 159-167

Parker A.H., Smith J, Verdemato T, Cooke J, Webster J, Carter RC, (2014) Menstrual management: a neglected aspect of hygiene interventions, Disaster Prevention and Management 23(4) 437-454

Chakava, Y., Parker, A.H., Franceys, R.W.A.*, (2014) Private Boreholes for Nairobi's Urban Poor: The stop-gap or the solution? Habitat International, 43, 108-116, 2014

Jimenez R, Parker A.H.*, Jeffrey P. (2014) Factors influencing the uptake of household water connections in peri-urban Maputo, Mozambique, Utilities Policy 28, 22-27 

Parker A, Cruddas P, Rowe N, Carter R & Webster J. (2013) Tank costs for domestic rainwater harvesting in East Africa. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Water Management, 166 (10): 536 - 545.

Moriarty P, Smits S, Butterworth J & Franceys R. (2013) Trends in rural water supply: Towards a service delivery approach. Water Alternatives, 6(3): 329 – 349.

Taylor S & Parker A. (2013) Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Technologies Project End of Project Impact Assessment (WASHTech Deliverable 7.3) [online] The Hague: WASHTech c/o IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.

Jan Hennings

The CWSI had been on my radar since I became interested in water treatment during my bachelor's studies, and after my master's I knew I wanted to work in WASH. Being part of the NMT-project allows me to do that on a scale of potentially global impact, while working with people doing all sorts of exciting water-related research.

Jan Hennings, Current PhD student