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    Australia to assist South East Asia with early warning COVID-19 surveillance

    The Australian water sector is set to help five South-East Asian nations develop an early warning surveillance system to track COVID-19 prevalence in wastewater, with the support of the Australian Water Partnership through its Australia-Mekong Water Facility Grant. The Australian Water Association and Water Research Australia have partnered to transfer leading Australian innovation in the […]

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  • A woman fills up water jugs in Hinta Village, which has about 750 families with a population of 3680 (credit: Western Sydney University / Michael Chew)

    Villagers adapting groundwater management during COVID-19

    Groundwater levels across India have been falling rapidly, affecting the livelihoods and wellbeing of village communities. The MARVI project (Managing Aquifer Recharge and Sustaining Groundwater Use through Village-level Intervention) aims to tackle this issue by adopting a participatory approach for measuring groundwater levels and improving groundwater productivity and sustainability. The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) supported […]

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    Sharing COVID-19 water industry experiences through Telewater

    The Australian Water Partnership supported two webinars in July through its Australian Telewater Network, established to provide developing countries with increased remote access to Australian water resources advice, knowledge and tools during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinars were facilitated by the Australian Water Association (AWA) in collaboration with Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association (VWSA) […]

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  • Aerial view of water turbines used for industrial wastewater in SE Asia (source: Shutter Din/Adobe Stock)

    Supporting water utilities in the Pacific and South-East Asia to respond to COVID-19

    As Australia is working on recovering and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are cognisant that many countries still face public health challenges around accessing safe and clean water which are essential requirements for preventing viral spread and infection. As many countries are now transitioning to economic recovery, support for water utilities is needed to […]

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  • 3D rendering of planet Earth covered with a complex luminous network connecting Australia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific (credit: Adobe Stock / Anton Balazh)

    Launching an Australian Telewater Network for international development

    Since early March, when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic, the Australian Water Partnership (AWP) has been identifying and developing a series of responses to assist the Australian Government to support developing countries prepare, respond and recover from COVID-19. One such response was to establish a platform to deploy Australian […]

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  • Child in Mumbai slums (photo: Adobe Stock / FiledIMAGE)

    Assessing COVID-19 vulnerability and water sector interventions in the Indo-Pacific

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly challenging in developing parts of Asia where high population densities, combined with low infrastructure capacity, make social distancing interventions near impossible. These areas usually have inadequate health services—ill-equipped to handle the likely increase in patients. Similarly, in the Pacific, most countries have limited medical resources to manage the global […]

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  • COVID-19 and Water Resources Management: Reframing our priorities as a water sector

    By Marian  J. Neal The water sector has an important role to play in our immediate response to COVID-19 as well as in the recovery and rebuilding phases as the world readjusts to a range of legacy impacts from the pandemic. This role spans and incorporates the breadth and depth of the various domains and […]

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  • Remaining agile and responsive in a changing environment: How AWP is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

    Australia has recently suffered devastating bushfires, hail, storms and floods all in the span of a few months, but there appears to be no greater challenge than the COVID-19 pandemic, which has surpassed 2 million infected people worldwide and resulted in more than 140,000 confirmed deaths. On 27 February, the Australian Government activated its emergency […]

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