Articles and Talks

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Siddhartha Roy is an environmental engineer and science communicator who works at the nexus of water quality, public health and environmental justice

Jill Farrant talks about ways to make relevant crops survive without water for WASH relevant areas in Africa. (Upcoming talks pre-published as Webmaster will be out of WiFi range over the next few weeks)

Deepika Kurup is a scientist, speaker, social entrepreneur, student and founder Catalyst for World Water, a social enterprise aimed at deploying the technology she developed in water-scarce areas.


  • Marc  Shallenburg has been prominent advocate for challenges and threats to human health from water/sanitation issues.
  • Jeremy Jackson lays out the state of the ocean : overfished, overheated, polluted, with indicators that things will get much worse.
  • Hadyn Parry presents a genetically engineered solution to make male mosquitoes sterile and releasing them into the wild, to cut down on disease-carrying species like like dengue fever.
  • Rotary Masters Thesis Scholarship Application Talk from Peter Quilter Civil Engineer. Sir Venki’s reveals why antibiotic use in agriculture is presenting a potentially affordable dilemma and can not be a long-term solution
  • Dr. Bixler is involved in developing a new hand-pump solution for relevant areas in Africa.
  • Aziza Chaouni describes her architectural work helped to revive the Fez river , Morocco
  • Michael Pritchard has developed the Lifesaver bottle, a nano-filtration hollow fiber membrane that can make the most revolting swamp water drinkable in seconds.
  • Prof Georgina Mace shares her concerns measuring the trends and consequences of biodiversity loss.
  • Soft robots utilize smart materials, reactive polymers bio-mimetics and are inherently safe for interaction with the natural environment. They can be proponents for new healthcare treatments, assistive devices and a potential to solve interesting environmental problems.
  • CRISPR is a  genome editing technology which is so versatile and so controversial that it’s sparking all sorts of interesting conversations. Should we bring back the moa? Should we edit a human embryo? Or most controversially- can we justify wiping out an entire species that we consider harmful to humans off the face of the Earth? What might WASRAG or the WASH eClub learn from this speaker’s arguments for potential application to improving human immune performance (…especially in childhood)?
  • Prof. Sedlak describes his main goal is to shift to better development and use of local water sources for greater resilience in the face of anticipated biosphere challenges.
  • Scott  Harrison interview provides a narrative history of his path to water charity work, how he monitors, promotes and funds this work.
  • Advances in micro-ecology have the potential to improve water-aid practices in the WASH arena.  Prof. Taylor describes his groups’ contribution to protecting health and improving the environment.  You also may be interested in his longer Inaugural Professorial Lecture.
  • Kicking us off for 2017 with his Rotary Classification talk,  Bruce Lindsey
  • Water-borne diseases are easy to treat when there is a doctor and an efficient healthcare system. Renaud Piarroux discourses on water as a source of disease.
  • Clean technology, renewable energy, eco-friendly products and practices are the foci  of Terri Jordan‘s  presentation.
  • What have WASRAG or WASH-aid volunteers discovered to be the best ways to quickly correct excessively hegemonic or “First World” dominating engagement styles.
  • What commercially available technological tools or apps are the next potential humanitarian development(s) for the WASH arena to pursue?
  • Faisal Chohan documented the damage by the devastating 2010 floods in Pakistan; Sonaar Luthra previews his design for a simple tool that quickly tests water safety.
  •  Joe Madiath talked on the consequence of the lack of toilets in  rural India,  a big problem that leads to poor quality water and  one of the leading causes of disease.
  • The current discussion investigates solutions to Ghana’s Rural and Urban Water Supply.
  • Evolutionary biologist Paul Ewald drags us into the sewer to discuss germs. Why are some more harmful than others? He examines a disgusting, fascinating case: diarrhea.
  • Prof. Woodward’s national radio interview addresses the potentially generalizable nature of “lessons-learned” from New Zealand’s recent “drinking-water” disaster, quickly and acutely affecting thousands of Kiwis.
  • Prof. Chibale is challenging the notion that Africa is not a source of health innovation. He aims to bridge the gap between basic science and clinical studies for the treatment of diseases. The  discussion follows his RNZ interview with Kim Hill.
  • For sustainable development out of poverty, people need access to, and opportunities for, decent work and living wages. With working poverty and inequality out of control, how can we support work-related SDGs?
  • Haiti has a major lack of regulation and policy that is causing a major threat to the groundwater system. The speaker exposes some of these threats.
  • Something closer to home, two reports  documenting our own local problems with fresh-water issues in New Zealand.
  • Following on with the new member’s series, Chris details a brief life history and an explanation of how he came to spend 45 years working in the dairy industry.
  • Based on his involvement with Water Projects worldwide, Rob presents his  overview of the procedures that all WASRAG projects should follow to optimize success.
  • Rotary International President John Germ’s  talk to the incoming District Governors at San Diego.
  • This presentation is an example of a new member (Steve Atkins) being interviewed by the local open access radio Sustainability Show.
  • Previous Guest Speaker was Peter Williams, from the Taieri Rotary Club, talking about a recent water project he has been involved with in the Pacific nation of Vanuatu. (Note: there are some small technical issues such as audio repetition mid sequence).
  • This session was introduced by Chris. In his talk Steve has identified four groups of people likely to be interested in joining this e-club.  Are there others do you think?
  • Professor Biqis Hoque talk: “Arsenic mitigation in water supply to rural Bangladesh: The problem, progress and solutions”.
  • Planning, consultation and co-ordination are vital in all water, sanitation and hygiene projects.  James‘s talk about Project Management in war-torn countries highlights how good project management is particularly important and yet also difficult when the projects are located in areas that are damaged by war or natural disaster.
  • Previously we heard from Lesley Brook, Assistant Governor, talks about the range of projects which the WASH E-Club might undertake.
  • Earlier President Chris Bloore and Assistant Governor Lesley Brook gave a  presentation at the District Conference in Invercargill, New Zealand, on 14 May 2016, and a related presentation immediately afterwards.
  • Janice Hughes, District Governor Elect for District 9980, spoke at Rotary Showcase, our District Assembly, on 16 April 2016.  Hear extracts from her message, and then log in to participate in the Discussion thread.
  • Inaugural President-Elect Chris Bloore‘s Presentation examines both the e-nature of the club and the WASH focus.


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