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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Greywater Use in the Middle East

A recently released publication on Greywater Use in the Middle East is worth a read. The foreward is by HE Dr. Munther Haddadin, a past visiting professor at Oregon State University, where he states "I believe it is already overdue that the scientific and professional water community and officials in charge pay closer attention to the use of greywater. This book is a loud knock on their doors that it may seriously begin".  The topical chapters include:

1. Introduction: Greywater use in the Middle East: the story so far

2. On-site greywater treatment in Qebia Village, Palestine

3. Greywater use in rural home gardens in Karak, Jordan

4. Greywater management in the northeastern Badia of Jordan

5. Stakeholder participation in greywater management in the Jordanian Badia

6. Comparative socioeconomic study of greywater and cesspit systems in Ramallah, Palestine

7. Can local people accept greywater technology?

8. Lessons from a participatory approach to household greywater use in Jordan

9. Greywater use as a gender empowerment project in Tannoura, Lebanon

10. Greywater use: Islamic perspectives

11. Policy and regulatory approaches to greywater use in the Middle East

12. Conclusion: Next steps for research, policy and implementation

I thought the Islamic perspective on greywater use was interesting. I could not find any references on Greywater use: Christian perspectives; this is also an area needing research given the Geography of Graywater Use in the US (or lack thereof) as depicted on the map at the bottom of this blog.

And for those water wonks collecting "declarations" from water meetings, "The Aqaba Declaration on Greywater Use" is also included in the book.

It looks like greywater is here to stay in a "dry" country's water portfolio. Excellent book!

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