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Parameters and acceptable levels of water quality for agricultural reuse are discussed in another ASA virtual workshop

The collection and treatment of rural sewage, whether on a family or community scale, is essential for promoting health in the countryside; and the reuse of water is fundamental for strengthening the culture of coexistence with the semi-arid climate; mitigating the effects and repairing the damage caused by the climate emergency; combating hunger; and recovering degraded areas with re-treatment and reforestation, among other methodologies. Organized civil society has already accumulated experiences of this nature, but in order to guarantee rural sanitation as a public policy with water and sanitation security, it is important, among other things, that there be the appropriation of parameters and minimum levels of treatment qualification.

To this end, the Rural Sanitation Working Group of the Brazilian Semi-Arid Articulation (ASA) is holding training and knowledge mobilization events on this subject. This time, the second module of the cycle of Technical-Scientific Workshops was held, in virtual format, on the subject of “Parameters and acceptable levels of water quality for agricultural reuse”. The activity was attended by more than 50 participants from various organizations in the ASA network, including representatives from universities and research institutes from various states. It was also attended by guests from the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (UFRPE), Embrapa Semiárido and Word-Transforming Technologies (WTT), which supports the work of research, articulation and systematization of knowledge related to the theme of the workshop.

During the event, consideration was given to sharing the experiences of the ASA organizations themselves, shared in the first module, which took place in December 2023. This time, discussions focused on aspects related to the microbiological quality of reuse water, the potential and challenges for guaranteeing sanitation in rural areas as a human right and a duty of the state. The next workshops will discuss topics such as: chemical and physical parameters considered a requirement for water reuse; management and monitoring of the water and sanitation safety levels of the systems; engineering of social technologies, in line with the provisions of the National Rural Sanitation Plan; existing regulations and necessary adjustments.

Irpaa collaborator André Rocha, who represents the institution on the ASA’s Sanitation WG, stresses the importance of this initiative, because “This training and mobilization of rural communities and their organizations is indispensable for political influence, in a proactive way, on sanitation appropriate to their realities. We want this National Sanitation Plan to actually come off the drawing board”.

The third module of this cycle of workshops is scheduled for March. It should conclude in April with a face-to-face seminar to validate the main points and structure the ASA Rural Sanitation Program, which is currently under construction.

Text: Irpaa’s Education and Communication Hub and Climate and Water Hub / WTT Communication
Photo: ASA Sanitation WG