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Kenya’s capital now turns to boreholes for water As access to clean water declines, Nairobi County in Kenya has started the drilling of 40 boreholes in a bid to address the ongoing water shortage as a temporary emergency measure. The boreholes are estimated to cost USD1.94-million. The project comes in the wake of inconsistent water rationing, following a drop in water levels in Ndakaini Dam. Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa said that to sink the boreholes, the county and the national governments were working together, spending 10% of USD9.7-million set aside by the ministry for drought- stricken counties. In the opening of one of the borehole projects, Wamalwa recounted that the last time the country experienced drought was in 2013, when the national government sunk 76 boreholes as a result. The additional 40 are expected to improve the situation, while projects across the country are part of long-term measures to address persistent water shortage, especially during drought seasons. u QU, QEWC sign water collaboration MoU Craig Rankin, Incledon’s new group managing director. Incledon appoints new group MD Quality fluid-conveyance solutions provider Incledon has announced the appointment of Craig Rankin as its new group managing director. Rankin previously held the position of the group’s chief financial officer. His career has seen him fulfil various roles, from financial controller at AfriSam to financial manager at Gyproc Saint-Gobain. Rankin is a Chartered Accountant. A leading supplier of fluid- conveyance solutions to general industry, agriculture, mining, infrastructure, building, and construction, Incledon celebrated its 110th birthday last year. Today the company stocks over 15 000 preferred products. With green shoots appearing in the bulk water infrastructure market as government investment in major projects starts to filter through, the company is ideally positioned to capitalise on opportunities here. “Rankin has the necessary combination of company and industry experience to take the company to the next level of its growth and expansion strategy. We wish him all the best in his new role,” said chief marketing officer, Kelly Wilson. u Qatar University (QU) and Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC) signed a research memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish collaboration in the field of water treatment and related technologies. The entities will collaborate on building a knowledge base for seawater desalination and on developing a membrane-based water purification, such as reverse osmosis. Both institutions will promote research and innovation in the drinking water sector and related activities, and also cooperate on building local capabilities in the field of water treatment. Other areas of collaboration include the development of training programmes and the transfer and implementation of technology for water purification. Minister of Energy and Industry Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada said the MoU is important as it underlines the collaboration between QU and QEWC. QU president Dr Hassan al-Derham said the MoU contributes to promoting sustainable development and water security in Qatar and to building national research capacities in the fields of energy and water. u OVU testing purification system Technology to purify water that does not rely on chemicals is being tested at Ohio Valley University (OVU). University officials, members of the community, Republican US Representative David McKinley of West Virginia, and others gathered at a site in Vienna, operated by Katharos Scientific LLC, to dedicate and celebrate the delivery of the water treatment trailer developed by Dennis Johnson of Katharos. Housed in a trailer built in Denver, the technology uses electro physics as well as polarised media ionisation and disinfection processes, inclusive of integrating other proprietary electro (molecular) destruct components, to achieve global high efficiency water purifications applications. For each unit Katharos sells, the company will donate 10% of the sale to the university, which will be used as a demonstration site to show potential customers the capabilities of the technology in purifying water. The technology in the trailer can treat and clean river water, pond water, and other sources in underdeveloped parts of the world and has applications to treat fracking water used in natural gas extractions. McKinley said one of the ways to expand the state’s economy is through research at the institutions of higher learning. Places like Pitt and the Ohio State University each receive over USD1-billion in federal research money. The technology on hand in Vienna has the potential to reach across the world to help people — things elected leaders try to do in Washington all the time, McKinley said and added: “People are going to want this. It could be manufactured and produced here in West Virginia and help diversify our economy.” u Water Sewage & Effluent May/June 2017 7 WORLD