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Innovation Platform for Drinking Water in Sub-Saharan Africa, water companies are assessing Isle Utilities’ proposals

Thursday, 21 September 2017
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In the course of the work of the 77th Scientific and Technical Council of AfWA, held from 17 to 21 July 2017 in Accra, Ghana, a workshop to develop a technological innovation platform for Water in sub-Saharan Africa, Isle Utilities, a technical partner of the African Water Association on this collaborative project, presented 5 technologies to thirty representatives of water companies.

''Electrolytic Technologies'' presented on-site chlorine production systems to address the dangers of pressurized chlorine gas. IMGeospatial group presented an aerial and satellite imaging device that allows better management of water resources for the production of data such as maps with accurate information. Then Agua Clara specialised in the design of non-electric water treatment plants for municipalities or underserved communities.

contentThe last two innovations presented were the active connection "Ear", an acoustic listening device developed by Sainte-Lizaigne, which ensures a permanent monitoring of the network to detect leaks. Finally, Saint Gobain presented the "Filtralite Pure" technology, a filter medium designed from expanded clay, suitable for both physical filtration and biological treatment of water. This filter medium offers optimum conditions for water flow through a filter bed, so as to trap and absorb more pollutants. At the end of the various presentations, participants assessed each technology by highlighting strengths and weaknesses.

Sub-Saharan Drinking Water Innovation Platform of Isle Utilities in collaboration with the African Water Association, is being implemented with the support of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Global Fund for Water, Innovation (IVF). By introducing these new technologies and solutions to improve existing infrastructure, the platform also aims to reduce equipment acquisition costs, improve efficiency and increase the revenues of African water supply companies.