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Pulse Nigeria

Samson Toromade

24 September 2021

Nigeria

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Open Defecation Free Nigeria works to stop people from disposing of human waste in public areas by building public toilets. The organization has built 66 so far and manages a group of volunteers who educate residents ...

Sparkling 92.3 FM

Vivianne Ihekweazu

26 August 2021

Adadama, Cross River, Nigeria

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A community-led sanitation approach ended the practice of open defecation, a major cause of water pollution and stomach diseases. The program educated people to change social norms and laws requiring every household t...

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Solcyre Burga

3 August 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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As a solution for the garbage littering his block, a Philadelphia resident has launched a much-needed movement to keep the streets clean. Sanitation services have been affected since the pandemic, leading to staff sho...

Global Press Journal

Odonchimeg Batsukh

27 April 2021

Erdenebulgan, Arkhangai Province, Mongolia

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A new wastewater treatment plant in Mongolia is cleaning up its water so it doesn’t cause environmental problems or poison livestock and herders. This is one of the first treatment plants built under the country’s nat...

Truthout

Frederick Clayton

17 April 2021

San Diego, California, United States

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As the U.S. Southwest continues to navigate ongoing water crises, several places — including Las Vegas; Orange County, California;, and San Diego — are turning wastewater into drinking water. Their various systems are...

Science Africa

Sharon Atieno

2 March 2021

Siaya County, Kenya

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To increase hygiene and sanitation practices, a community in Kenya has begun installing safe toilets (SaTos). Although not all can afford the SaTos and there are safety concerns if not installed properly, users have r...

The Seattle Times

Scott Greenstone

28 November 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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To help those experiencing homelessness, Seattle Public Utilities workers travel around the city knocking on RV doors and asking occupants if they need their sewage tank pumped. Some RVs are broken down and occupants ...

Wired

Katy Lee

7 October 2020

Bordeaux, France

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A French startup is turning urine into an environmentally-friendly fertilizer that could replace chemical products. Early tests suggest that the urine mixture created by Toopi Organics can compete with synthetic ferti...

Nation Africa

Winnie Atieno

4 September 2020

Bangladesh

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Although residents in Bangladesh were initially hesitant to take precautionary measures against COVID-19, once one county began reporting cases, the community took swift action. From implementing hand washing stations...

The Arizona Republic

Ian James

22 July 2020

Monument Valley, Utah, United States

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As the coronavirus spreads throughout the Navajo Nation, many people don’t have access to water to even wash their hands. For generations, the Navajo people have suffered with this lack of water infrastructure, but so...

Ensia

Shi En Kim

16 July 2020

Nairobi, Kenya

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Kibra Green, a grassroots organization in Kenya, mobilizes the young people in the community to clean up their neighborhood. At times, the group has as many as 500 participants for a community-wide clean up. Yet, a la...

Nigeria Health Watch

Christabel Ligami

7 July 2020

Mathare, Kenya

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In Kenya's rural communities and densely populated areas, accessing sanitation and hygiene methods can be difficult, but in one slum, a nonprofit organization has teamed up with a group of young men in the community t...

InfoNILE

Henry Owino

26 June 2020

Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

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The densely populated region of Kibera in Kenya has managed to slow the spread of Covid-19 and protect vulnerable residents despite facing "overcrowding and unhygienic conditions" due to communal and collaborative eff...

OZY

Nick Dall

22 May 2020

Cape Town, South Africa

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From Cape Town to Nairobi, innovations in waste processing are gaining increasing attention and adoption. Fresh Life toilets turn waste into fertilizer, while Safi Sana turns waste into electricity, giving new life to...

NPR

Rachel Cramer

12 February 2020

Havre, Montana, United States

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Finding ways to reuse brewery waste can save water treatment plants money. In Havre, Montana, Triple Dog Brewing has entered into a partnership with the town’s wastewater treatment plant, supplying discarded barley to...

Yellowstone Public Radio

Rachel Cramer

10 February 2020

Havre, Montana, United States

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Upcycling spent barley helps to ease wastewater treatment. In Havre, Montana, the town’s wastewater treatment plant uses barley from a local brewery, Triple Dog Brewing, to feed bacteria. The nutrients from the barley...

WBEZ

Monica Eng

7 December 2019

Gary, Indiana, United States

Radio

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Chicago has thousands of miles of lead pipes supplying water to homes and business, and they all need to be replaced because of the risk of contaminating drinking water. Although this task is difficult, three other ci...

Pioneers Post

Anna Patton

17 October 2019

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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A company based in Addis Ababa makes water filtration systems that simultaneously help rural and urban dwellers have access to clean water as well as keep the entire supply chain within Ethiopia. Despite challenges fa...

NPR

Marni Sommer

8 October 2019

Bangladesh

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The simple addition of adding handles to bathroom stalls in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh has helped the camps' pregnant women regain a sense of empowerment and dignity. Providing support and balance, the d...

Things That Work Uganda

Kiberu Gideon

2 August 2019

Bidibidi, Uganda

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Solar-powered pumps can improve access to clean water for displaced populations. The United Nation’s High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) program have sponsored the...

Spectrum News 1 SoCal

JD Carrere

17 June 2019

Van Nuys, California, United States

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In Southern California, trash often litters the streets in many of the areas where homelessness is abundant, but one homeless man in Van Nuys decided to change that. Launching an initiative known as Clean Streets Clea...

Rethink

Chelsea Wald

28 February 2019

Cap-Haïtien, Haiti

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A nonprofit in Haiti called SOIL with a business arm called EkoLakay is bringing back the old-fashioned idea of a container-based sanitation system. Customers rent toilets with containers in them, use them, and return...

Devex

Anthony Langat

14 February 2019

Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

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On World Toilet Day in 2014, the Kenyan government promised to build 180 public toilets in an ambitious move to combat the issue of public sanitation. The program went well once the keys were handed off to the Nationa...

The Huffington Post

Oliver Balch

16 January 2019

Nairobi, Kenya

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The Bill Gates Foundation is currently funding a number of organizations that seek to solve the rate of open defecation by creating low-cost toilets that utilize the feces within them. One organization, called Sanergy...

NBC News

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Priti Gupta

10 January 2019

Pune, India

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Public restrooms are not the norm throughout India, making open defecation a well-practiced habit, but in Nune, India, a Toilet Board Coalition is working to change that. From mobile bathrooms to built in sensors that...

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