Summary of Recent Activities
During the first quarter of 2015, the master’s students continued working on their theses. The new master’s student collected data from the field which included a household survey in addition to the collection and analysis of water samples from 50 rainwater harvesting cisterns. The samples were analyzed for the chemical (major ions) and microbiological (total/fecal Coliforms) characteristics. In April, U.S. partner Steven J. Burian from the University of Utah conducted a seminar for the team and colleagues entitled “Implementing Rainwater Harvesting Programs: Challenges and Solutions.”
| Dr. Issam Al-Khatib during his U.S. program visit (May 2015). Photo courtesy Dr. Issam Al-Khatib|
For a second year in a row, in May of this year, Dr. Al-Khatib visited his U.S. partner Dr. Defne Apul at the University of Toledo. During this visit, Dr. Al-Khatib toured IHM motherhouse - one of the Midwest’s largest residential sustainable renovations registered with the U.S Green Building Council and also visited the Hoffman Road landfill, a major sanitary landfill in Toledo, where Dr. Al-Khatib had an opportunity to meet with its executive engineer and discuss issues related to the design, construction, operation, and maintenance issues of the landfill. Leachate production, landfill gas production and control were discussed as well. While at Toledo, Dr. Al-Khatib gave a presentation on his project and finalized his paper for presentation at the World Environmental and Water resources Congress (EWRI), which took place in Austin, Texas, May 17-21, 2015. Dr. Al-Khatib interacted with leaders in his profession learning about its trends, participated in the policy dialogue on water resource and environmental issues affecting the profession, learned about the latest innovations and techniques being applied in the industry and projects being undertaken by clients and competitors, and went on technical tours that showed the most recent applications in the field. While at EWRI, Dr. Al-Khatib presented his paper titled “Household management of rainwater harvesting in developing countries: a case study from Yatta town, south West Bank Palestine”, which drew great interest from attendees.