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The Water Book of the Year, Decade, Millenia!

It comes in weighty with some 600 pages, but that’s not why ‘Evolution of Water Supply Through the Millennia’ shakes in your hands. The book vibrates with that impassioned knowledge that engineers sometimes allow themselves. Clearly a labour of love, it is fabulous, in the true sense of the word, relying on ancient fables, legends, parchment scripts and original stone tablets for some of its tales.

It sweeps us from the early treatment and delivery of water in such societies as ancient Egypt, Greece, Mexico and Peru, up to today. The vision and precision of our forebears puts into perspective, in the unfailing spotlight of history, today’s breath-taking dilemma of all the tech in the world and three to four billion people with unsafe water. When did we lose the plot?

We found this book and its committed authors, a full 500 days too many after publication, when scoping our video on the history of safe water. It is both gorgeous and instructive, and the more the pity that the authors and publishers see it as just a course book for post-graduates. Well, ok – for historically-informed engineers are the best – but it deserves a wider circle of admirers than that.

Evolution of Water Supply Through the Millennia, by Angelakis, Mays, Koutsoyiannis and Mamassis, 584 p, ISBN 9781843395409

International Water Association,


Bollywood, Bollywater?

The film crews have gone, the Bollywood actors and actresses have withdrawn with sighs of relief and renewed commitment, the village women have left their hiding places and swept up, the village men have chortled yet again about when the chicken sat(?) on the camera lens and Normal Life has returned to a settlement in the Indian state of Odisha. Oh, and the chicken still clucks around, head-up.

A Bollywood-style film on safe water has been in preparation in India, with the stimulus of ‘One Drop’, a somewhat classical Canadian NGO with the difference of some hefty funding. We filmed the filming of this ‘social arts initiative’ for the 300in6 video suite.

Due for release in mid-2014, the film has been attracting much attention in some communities of practice of behaviour change. Will the chemistry of artists, engineers and health workers work? Worth a try. Coming soon to a screen near you.

Knock, knock, who’s there? It’ssss Nazava!

A surging player in HWTS, the Indonesian Nazava Water Filters company won the main prize in the Nokia Health Category of the Tech Awards 2013 and received a cash prize of 75,000 USD at the annual Tech Award Gala, on 14 November, in San Jose, California. Nazava is one of 10 global innovators recognised` each year for applying technology to benefit humanity and spark global change, the Gala said.

Accepting the award, co-director Lieselotte Heederik said: “Nazava strives to provide 1 million people with improved health, average annual savings of $70 per household, 39,000 t CO2 reductions and employment for 300 people in 2016. Currently Nazava has sold over 17,000 water filters that improve the health of over 80,000 people.”