Webinars on Integrated Urban Water Management

by André

As I mentioned in our last post we are organizing a series of webinars covering the various aspects of the “Integrated Urban Water Management “. The webinars are part of a project in partnership between AQUASHARE and TU Delft, funded by NWO‘s program on Urbanizing Deltas of the World. In this new post I am sharing detailed information about the first three events, starting from September 2020. Continue reading

New project: Supporting Integrated Urban Water approaches for urbanizing Maputo through capacity building and advocacy activities

by André

We are very happy to inform you that we have a new capacity building and advocacy project together with AQUASHARE. Read all below. Continue reading

Project update

by Noor, Celma, Natalia and Adriano
This is a long-due update on project activities. Each one of our PhD students wrote a short summary of the activities done in the previous months.

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Attending Waternet and Industrial water conferences

Last year we were represented by Celma and Noor in a couple of conferences. Let’s find out how did that go.

By Noor and Celma

Industrial Water 2018 – Frankfurt am Main – 27 – 29 November 2018

For the first time, a European forum that was used to discuss challenges in industrial water management and how can new strategies, developments and technologies make industrial water use more efficient was opened to other than European countries. It was an opportunity to learn about relevant topics along the industrial water value chains: from raw water to waste water treatment; from sensoring to digitization in industrial water management; from alternative water resources to zero liquid discharge and integrated management.

On the first day, after attending an interesting plenary talk on Industrial Water 4.0 – Perspectives and challenges of digitalisation for industrial water management and other related topics on Cooling water management I also presented my work on “Possibilities for Use of Reclaimed Water for Cooling at a Thermal Power Plant in Maputo”.

Noor presenting her work.

The second day I mostly attend the maintenance, wastewater technologies and integrated industrial water management sections talks and ended up the day with the Conference Dinner in the city of Frankfurt. In the last day my attention was more on wastewater treatment technologies and towards water loop closure. Most of the cases presented were of developed countries were attention is on management of wastes that results from the treatment, systems digitalization and resources recovery.

Waternet conference – Livingston – 31 October to 02 November 2018

We arrived at Harry Muaza international airport on 30th October at 12:30 in Livingstone to participate at 19th Waternet symposium. The first we observed was cleanness of town as we were moving to the Avani Victoria Fall Hotel, where we were hosted. At the entrance to the hotel we had a warm welcome by the one of the tallest animal in the world, a giraffe at such a beautiful and pleasant place to be. The weather was good and we spend a nice afternoon in company of antelopes and zebras that were walking around. Our first lunch, we had the local and typical food from the falls. This was a taste and delicious bream grilled fish from Zambezi river accompanied by nchima a similar dish we have in central part of Mozambique.

Celma and Noor presenting their work at Waternet.

The next day (31st October) , was the kick out of the conference. This was quit long has we had a very loaded program that ended up with a cocktail. The program started with speeches from the central government in Zambia the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Bishop Dr. Edward Chomba. followed by plenaries.

Look, antelopes and zebras!

The second day (1st November) we had a very interesting episode in the morning when a monkey holding his baby entered in our room and stolen some packages of sugar and powder milk. We then had our presentations and attended some other nice talks. Celma presented her topic on “Use of (partially) treated municipal wastewater in irrigated agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa: potentials and constraints” and Noor presented two topics “Assessing water reclamation potential in cities: identifying gaps, opportunities and priorities for Maputo city” and “Study of Parameters of Concern in Reclaimed Water for Construction Industry in Maputo, Mozambique”. The presentations went well and interesting discussions were raised that will improve the content of topics.

Look, a monkey!

The last day (2nd November) was again a very busy day where shared interesting ideas on a special session dedicated to Mozambique with the topic: Towards Sustainable water management in Mozambique. The afternoon we had opportunity to visit the 7th wonder of the world, the Victoria Falls. In the afternoon, we had a field trip to measure water flows on Zambezi river.

Field trip.

Our tip back was on Saturday (3rd November) and we are thankful for the great opportunity to participate in this conference, we had chance to know other projects and to meet and discuss with people of different background and working experiences.

EXPOPLAMA 2018 – Fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the water sector

by André

Times flies and we just had a new edition of Aquashare Expoplama conference. This time around there was a great focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, two topics that are very important for us, so read along my highlights of the event. Continue reading

Maputo 2050: water demand and availability for a growing population and economy

by André

You might have understood by now that I really enjoy playing with data, particularly use publicly available data to characterize decision making processes in the water and sanitation sector in Mozambique. That’s exactly what I did for my previous article. This time around I am looking at water demand for the city of Maputo until 2050 and compare that to the existing and projected availability. Continue reading

Voting for toilets and healthy environment in Maputo City

by Adriano

The electoral season in Mozambique is open. On October 10th we are going to have the fifth municipal elections in the country. This election will decide who are the new decision– makers and solvers of the various problems that affect the 53 large and small cities and towns of Mozambique. The debates held so far in the run up to the elections are more directed to conventional politics: the transfers of members from one party to another, the exclusion by the National Election Commission of three candidates from the opposition side, the anecdotes about temporary adversarial linkages that weave behind the scenes of parties. Continue reading

IHE Delft interview with Natalia

by André

Natalia, who we featured a few weeks back, was recently interviewed by IHE Delft and told them all about her life as a PhD and about her work in Maputo. Don’t miss it! Continue reading

Frame analysis for the water restrictions in Maputo

by Teresa

Teresa, our latest MSc student, under the supervision of Adriano,  looked into the water restrictions in Maputo and how these have been managed by the different institutions. She has her defense next week you can read all about here work here below, also: make sure you check her thesis. Continue reading