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Arab Healthy Water Association

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The Arab Healthy Water Association is a non-governmental, non-profit body,
legally registered at the Ministry of Social Affairs (MOSA) by decree No. 6086/2005, Cairo-Egypt.


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Article n Barid Ahram, 12/07/2007, about the Arab Healthy Water Association. (in Arabic)

Date: 11 April 2007

Dear Colleagues

Kindly note below message which we have just received from our HQ in Geneva.

Dear all,

Franziska Matthies from WHO-Regional Office for Europe (EURO) in Rome has alerted us to an interesting capacity building opportunity. (Apologies to those of you who are already aware of this).

It would support up to 10 researchers to spend several months at the University of Bergen in Norway to carry out research on "Climate in the Nile Basin area, with a particular reference to Climate Change and Climate & Health" . Details are at Franziska knows the relevant Professor at Bergen, so could facilitate.

I am copying the relevant WHO regional focal points, and also some others who may know of people who might be interested and able to take advantage of this opportunity.

Please note tight deadline.

Originator: Eng. M. Malkawi, Technical Officer, CEHA
Signed by: Dr M. Z. Ali Khan, Director, CEHA
All of you are invited to visit the Ambassadors Online Magazine (Vol. 10, Issue 2, July 2007) at You are also welcome to contribute to the magazine and we invite the submission of conference proceedings and other material related to your work.
With Best wishes,
Prof. Talaat I. Farag
The Arab Healthy Water Association has been added as a link from UNESCO's Water Portal.
We recieved a copy of an article about the mechanism of formation of Acidic Rains written by Prof. Dr. Eng. M.M. El-Gammal, FRINA.

PAKDA News, August 2005 (Pakistan Desalination Association)
Your comments would definitely be valuable in improving the quality of this electronic flyer.
Further, you can circulate and distribute this NEWSLETTER to your colleagues, friends, and associates inside and outside your organization without any hesitation and approval. You can extract any material at your discretion.
With best personal regards,
Fayyaz Muddassir Mubeen
Director, International Desalination Association, (IDA)
President, Pakistan Desalination Association (PakDA)
Member, Editorial Board Desalination & Water-Reuse Quarterly

Invitation to join MENA Water
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World Health Organization: Water, Sanitation, and Health (publications, documents, subscription, etc.)

Barney Popkin Checks In

Barney Popkin's article, Unintended Consequences with Adverse Human Health and Environmental Impacts in International Development )

Barney Popkin's summary of IRG Financing Water Infrastructure forum
2005 CGS Courses and Conferences
Calendar of Events and Registration

Rough Draft, Dosages of Minerals

ArabHWA in the news! Bottled water 'can aid health drive' News article extensively quoting ArabHWA member, Dr Ameera Al Haddad.


Arab Water World (AWW) - Helping Advance the Energy, Environmental & Water Industries since 1977 - 2004 editorial program to AWW magazine

Bill Sardi's home page. Links to health reports. Bill Sardi is a health journalist and an AHWA Abroad Advisor.

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Abroad Advisors member, Gregor Wolbring, sent us the following comments and links:
Nanotechnology will play a role in water I think. A group you might want to connect with is the Nanowater consortium.

Some academic papers on nano water treatments as part of the Nanotech section of my webpage at

Water treatment

In September issue of Journal of Nanoparticle Research is a paper which decribes clean up of water and soil with iron based nanoparticle. NEW german description of the paper here: Nanotech und Wasserentgiftung:Feinster Eisenstaub soll Grundwasser und verseuchte Böden entgiften

Water Sci Technol 2002;46(9):255-62 Influence of varying reacting conditions in the degradation of azo dye using immobilized TiO2 photocatalyst. Aris A, Din MF, Salim MR, Yunus S, Abu Bakar WA.

Ann Chim 2002 Sep;92(9):761-70 Photocatalytic degradation of actual textile industrial wastewater in aqueous suspensions of polycrystalline TiO2. Augugliaro V, Ciardelli G, Corsi L, Garcia-Lopez E, Loddo V, Marci G, Palmisano L, Schiavello M.

Environ Sci Technol 2002 Oct 1;36(19):4175-81 17 beta-estradiol degradation by TiO2 photocatalysis as a means of reducing estrogenic activity. Ohko Y, Iuchi K, Niwa C, Tatsuma T, Nakashima T, Iguchi T, Kubota Y, Fujishima A.

Environ Sci Technol 2002 Sep 1;36(17):3872-8 Photocatalytic oxidation of arsenite in TiO2 suspension: kinetics and mechanisms. Lee H, Choi W.

Environ Sci Technol 2002 Aug 15;36(16):3618-24 TiO2-based photocatalytic degradation of 2-chlorophenol adsorbed on hydrophobic clay. Mogyorosi K, Farkas A, Dekany I, Ilisz I, Dombi A.

J Environ Sci Health B 2002 Jan;37(1):65-74 Photocatalytic oxidation of pesticide rinsate. Kuo WS.

Enhancement of solar inactivation of Escherichia coli by titanium dioxide photocatalytic oxidation. Salih FM.

Water Res 2002 Jan;36(1):140-6 Degradation of microcystin toxins in a falling film photocatalytic reactor with immobilized titanium dioxide catalyst. Shephard GS, Stockenstrom S, de Villiers D, Engelbrecht WJ, Wessels GF.

Environ Sci Technol 2001 Dec 15;35(24):4922-6 Field assessment of nanoscale bimetallic particles for groundwater treatment. Elliott DW, Zhang WX.

Photocatalytic degradation of pesticides and bio-molecules in water.

Links to online available reports which deal with the access of disabled people to water and sanitation:

Some country specific information of good practice (You have to go more or less to the bottom of the page to see some country related reports Bangladesh, Vietnam, Uganda)


AHWA Member, Prof. Nasser Mehrdadi of Iran

CASPIAN POLLUTION REACHES DANGEROUS LEVEL Tehran, Aug 19, IRNA -- Oil pollution in the Caspian Sea has reached a dangerous level, press Sunday cited an environmental head in the northern Mazandaran province as saying. The English-language Kayhan International quoted Nasser Mehrdadi as saying that "the flow of the industrial waste as well as slick from oil exploration and extraction" by unnamed coastal states of the Caspian Sea "has taken up a dangerous turn and warned of their grave consequences."


An update on the status of the WHO Symposium:
International Symposium on Health Aspects of Calcium and Magnesium in Drinking Water Symposium produced by the World Health Organization, NSF International, International Life Sciences Institute April 24-26, 2006, Baltimore, MD, USA
See :Call for posters, program, and registration details
The Healthy Water Association (HWA) is a sponsor of this important event.


The Website of the International Decade for Action "Water for Life, 2005 -2015" ( will be on line for the World Water Day on 22nd March 2005. The Water for Life Decade Website will link to a page for the World Water Day, which will be in all 6 Official Languages.

Translations of the advocacy guide "Celebrating Water for Life: The International Decade for Action 2005-2015" are now available. The guide is a comprehensive resource intended to support and facilitate national and local celebrations and provide all partners and organizations with a tool to mark and celebrate the Water for Life Decade on World Water Day, 22 March 2005. While is rich in content already, it is a work in progress and will be updated continually.


A review of outbreaks of foodborne disease associated with passenger ships: evidence for risk management. Published in Public Health Report, July-August 2004, and co-authored by Roisin Rooney, QPS, Jamie Bartram, WSH.

Millennium Project : Focusing on improved water and health 17&_coverDate=02%2F26%2F2005&_alid=256108918&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search& _qd=1&_cdi=4886&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000029798&_version=1&_urlVersion=0 &_userid=606406&md5=c3c926fa538c95d6cdc30d522a5f684d . Published in the Lancet, Volume 365, Issue 9461, 25 February 2005, co-authored by Jamie Bartram, WSH, Kristen Lewis, Roberto Lenton and Albert Wright, from the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Water and Sanitation.


The Internet-based resource Sanitation Connection is in the process of being revised. Visit SaniCon's newly revised section on Wastewater treatment technology .


The following 2nd and 3rd of the chemical background documents have been finalized for the 1st addendum (GDWQ 3rd edition) : Mercury in Drinking-Water and Trichloroethene in drinking-water


2009 World Water Week: Call for Workshop Abstracts and Seminar Proposals

The First Announcement for the 2009 World Water Week in Stockholm, August 16-22, provides information on the theme, structure, and special focus of the 2009 Week. It also provides guidelines for convening a seminar or side event or submitting an abstract for presentation during the 8 workshops. The theme for 2009 is Water - Responding to Global Change: Accessing Water for the Common Good with Special Focus on Transboundary Waters.

Download the First Announcement and learn more about the 2009 World Water Week at

The organizing committee cordially invites you to attend ECGP’8 - 2009, the eighth International Symposium on "Environment, Catalysis and Process Engineering”  which will be held on 14-15th April 2009 in GABES – TUNISIA, organized by the Moroccan Association of catalysis and environment (AMCE) Environment  and GABES UNIVERSITY. This edition gathering more than twenty countries aims at the development of sciences and technology relating to the environment and the creation of connections with other associations and national and foreign scientific organizations.

It will include four half-day sessions dealing with the latest researches in these fields and discussions about the future.

Sincerely yours,
Prof. Abdelhak kherbeche, Chairman

Moroccan Association of Catalysis and Environment
BP. 6027, Fez –Adarissa, Fez, Morocco>
Tel.: +

Web site:

ECGP8-2009 First Circular09E22.pdf

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Request for Contribution

The Secretariat of the Arab Water Council will be issuing regularly an electronic newsletter on water in the Arab World. We would like to have this task a participatory exercise in which you, the stakeholder, take the front seat in supplying the content and in shaping the events of interest to you and your colleagues across the region.

Your contribution is thus crucial and essential to reflect the regional and national diversity of water issues, concerns and on going efforts to meet the challenges head on.

How can you contribute?

It is simple, you can send your contribution electronically by e-mail as a text or as attachment in one of the following forms:

(1) News text form in Arabic, English or French of no more than 50 words per item, stating briefly the content, contact person and links to web sites where applicable. Attachments are preferably to be supplied in MS Word where possible or in RTF as an alternate.

(2) Photographic materials in low resolution preferably in .jpg format, depicting water scenes of local or national interests covering aspects of: rivers, lakes, waterfalls, springs, hydraulic works, dams, barrages, aqueducts, reservoirs, water treatment or wastewater treatment plants, desalination plants, research laboratories, engineering work in progress, historical and cultural water scenes and structures, traditional rituals and ceremonies, water uses for irrigation, drainage, drinking, sanitation, hydropower generation and environmental restoration, tourism and recreation, healing and religious applications.

What to include as a news item?

You may make your contribution under one or more of the following categories

(1) Events: Which have taken place recently in your community such a high an or community based meeting, inauguration of new institution, plant or water work, graduation of new water professionals, conferences, seminars or workshops, an appointment of new senior positions in water management, discoveries, inventions or application of new technologies, wards and recognitions for individuals or institutions. Events lead by public, private or voluntary sectors are all equally welcome.

(2) Coming Events: State the purpose, sponsors, organizers dates and place, contact person and addresses including web site where applicable.

(3) Issues: State a major water issues of concern seeking either help from others or presenting a solution to be shred with others or simply seeking the views of other water practioners.

(4) New Water Publications: This covers periodicals, textbooks (in any language ). Introduce the publication content, publishing date and sources for getting a copy.

(5) Introducing National Institutions: Brief summary of water institutions its mandates, functions and size ( people and funding and geographical coverage )and sectors of concentration.

(6) Suggestion from the Speakers Corner: Any suggestions that you deem useful in support of the mandate and function of the Arab water council.

What shall we do?

The Secretariat shall acknowledge each contribution as received, edit it to fit the space available, and provide credit to the contributors for each case the contribution appears in the news letter. The Copyrights remain always with the Arab Water Council.

All submissions must include the name and address of the contributors.

To serve you better in the future, we are attaching here an Expression of Interest Form for your perusal. If you have previously filled one, we thank you, if not kindly do so and return to us by e-mail at your earliest convenience.

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