200 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa rely on handpumps to access groundwater © Tim Foster/REACH

27 February 2017

Handpump vibrations could help secure water for millions of people in Africa

Shallow groundwater levels can be estimated by monitoring the up-and-down movement of handpumps, Oxford University researchers have discovered.

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Netting fish on the Turag River, with the brickworks in the distance, Dhaka, Bangladesh © Wonderlane/Flickr CC BY 2.0

10 January 2017

Modelling toxic chemicals in Dhaka’s Turag-Balu River

A new study of this highly polluted river system in Bangladesh models the flow and levels of nitrate and ammonia in the river.

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Pumping the Smart Handpump outside the School of Geography and the Environment

24 October 2016

Why there’s a handpump in an Oxford car park

The so-called ‘Smart Handpump’ is part of a bold research initiative that connects novel technology, computational informatics, institutional design, sustainable finance and policy reform, to improve poor people’s access to safe, reliable water.

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Kelly Ann Naylor, Associate Director, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Section, Programme Division, UNICEF

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