Poor management of surface water in refugee camps causes flooding and waterlogging, with adverse effects on the residents. This surface water can support the development of vector-borne diseases such as malaria or dengue as well as worm infections and provide a route for water-borne diseases such as cholera, hepatitis E or typhoid. It makes the movement of people and vehicles around the camps difficult, thus delaying the provision of essential water and sanitation services.
Field practitioners and decision makers need more awareness and guidance on the management of surface water in refugee camps. This scoping study will explore the opportunities for developing guidance and the application of good practice and sustainable drainage. It will also tackle some of the specific challenges that include:
Our innovation will be to create one guidance toolkit for decision makers and field practitioners with design principles, examples of solutions and case studies.
The outcome of the first stage was a scoping report, incorporating both a literature review and stakeholder engagement to identify the main constraints and opportunities in managing surface water. This then resulted in the finalised proposal for the guidance toolkit.
The guidance toolkit used existing good practice in the field as well as good practice from around the world to provide solutions and approaches for managing surface water in refugee camps.
Arup are pleased to be able to share a final draft of their guidance to help practitioners plan for and manage surface water in humanitarian settings. You can see further details in their January Newsletter.View
Arup produced an initial draft of the guidance in early July and have since been obtaining feedback on the document to make sure it is ‘fit for the field’.View
The project started in 2017 and was split into two key phases: a scoping study and guidance creation.View
Learn more about this WASH project, and many others, in our Humanitarian WASH Innovation Catalogue.
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