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News Details | 25-Jun-2008

NTU’s global call for solutions to post-disaster water and sanitation woes


In the aftermath of disasters, the availability of clean water and sanitation become critical for the health of the survivors. NTU’s Lien Institute for the Environment (LIFE) is rallying the global community to come up with innovative solutions to meet these urgent needs.

LIFE today announced the inaugural WaterLoo Challenge at the Singapore International Water Week.

The Challenge invites proposals for innovative technologies or management techniques that will improve the provision of water supply and sanitation in the aftermath of a disaster. It is open to both individuals as well as organisations and seeks proposals from around the world.

The top three entries will receive cash prizes, with a top prize of US$15,000 and support to further develop the proposal into a viable solution.

“The WaterLoo Challenge focuses specifically on post-disaster related water and sanitation problems.” Associate Professor Li Bing, Director of LIFE, explains.

“Very often, people affected by disasters get ill and even die from diseases caused by the lack of clean water and sanitation systems. Such epidemics could potentially claim more lives than the disasters themselves. The increasing frequency of occurrences of natural disasters, such as earthquakes and floods, around the region and the world, has made the need to find an effective solution very critical.”   

He adds, “The Challenge reflects LIFE’s philosophy of using technology to improve living conditions. We hope the Challenge will raise the awareness of disaster-related water and sanitation needs, and encourage the sharing of ideas to address these needs.”

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About Nanyang Technological University

About the Lien Institute for the Environment (LIFE)
LIFE is an entity under the Lien Foundation - NTU Environmental Endeavour, a joint initiative between NTU and Lien Foundation that aims to improve living conditions in developing communities. LIFE is housed at NTU’s School of Civil and Environmental engineering (CEE) and draws on the School’s faculty expertise.

LIFE will explore, develop and promote the use of a portfolio of low-cost, small scale, culturally acceptable environmental technology and techniques that can be deployed in developing countries. To grow its portfolio of environmental technology, LIFE's R&D staff will continuously aggregate and evaluate relevant research being done both locally and overseas. Promising research will be used to develop and produce the appropriate technologies. Working with NGOs, these technologies and ensuing products will be deployed in the field.

Through LIFE, CEE’s world-class environmental technologies will be translated into sustainable solutions for developing communities. It will focus on disaster prevention as well as provide disaster relief support. Some of the areas include: providing innovative solutions for water production, sewage treatment and strengthening of masonry structures and rapidly deployable structures. 

For more information, please visit http://www.ntu.edu.sg/cee/life/

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