August 2023

Aquaya at World Water Week 2023

World Water Week 2023 is focused on innovation at a time of unprecedented challenges. The theme Seeds of Change: Innovative Solutions for a Water-Wise World invites us to rethink how we manage water. Which ideas, innovations, and governance systems will we need in a more unstable and water scarce world?

Explore the sessions Aquaya is participating in:

Innovations

💧 Driving rural water innovation: concept to scale-up

📍On-site & Online 🗓️ Sunday 20 August 16:00-17:30 CET 📍C3

🤝 Aquaya, Evidence Action, iDE, Imagine H2O, REAL-Water program of USAID, Rural Water Supply Network, SKAT Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, UDUMA, Virridy, Water Mission, Water.org

This session convenes innovators seeking to accelerate rural water development. Panelists will highlight technological, financial, and management innovations across a spectrum of dissemination stages. Participants will discuss how contemporary innovations might apply to their work and reflect on the history and future directions of rural water innovation.

Special highlight: The new USAID Global Water Coordinator, Nancy J. Eslick, will commence the opening remarks of this session, highlighting USAID’s ongoing commitment to global progress in water security, sanitation, and hygiene.


Digital

💧  SIWI Seminar (2/3): Harnessing the digital revolution for water innovation

📍On-site & Online 🗓️ Tuesday 22 August 14:00-15:30 CET 📍C3

🤝 Aquaya, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (RCEES), The World Bank, Venthic Technologies, San Diego State University

The session focuses on the challenges and opportunities of bringing data-enabled solutions into practice. The World Bank will present its new IBNET platform and series of tools to support the digital journey of water utilities and discuss how Communities of Practice combined with digitalization can help utilities make informed decisions.

Aquaya- Use of machine learning to predict microbial groundwater quality: 
To achieve SDG 6 of universal access to safe drinking water by 2030, effective water safety management is essential but constraints in personnel and resources limit testing activities. In order to help identify and prioritize untested sources to ensure safe drinking access, we developed a machine-learning model, achieving nearly 80% accuracy in predicting microbial groundwater quality in Uganda.

Aquaya: 51 min


Transformation

💧 SIWI Seminar (3/3): Harnessing the digital revolution for water innovation

📍On-site & Online 🗓️ Wednesday 23 August 11:00-12:30 CET 📍C4

🤝 Aquaya, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (RCEES), The World Bank, Venthic Technologies, San Diego State University

The session will focus on the role of start-ups and private sector innovators in driving the digital transformation of the water sector, particularly focusing on the key ingredients needed to take these innovations to scale (partnerships, financing, regulation/enabling environment). Participants include start-ups, investors, academics, government, and enabling organizations.

Aquaya- Machine-learning proxy-means test for targeting pro-poor water subsidies in Ghana: Despite efforts to expand access to improved drinking water in Sub-Saharan Africa, proper targeting of water subsidies for poor households remains a challenge. This research compares various targeting methods, including a novel machine-learning approach with respect to effectiveness, costs, and stakeholder and community preferences.

Aquaya: 51 min

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