STOCKHOLM — Zimbabwean researcher Peter Morgan was on Thursday named the winner of the 2013 Stockholm Water Prize for developing low-cost, practical water and sanitation methods.
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“Many currently existing solutions to provide clean water and sanitation are unaffordable, impractical and out of reach for the world’s poorest people,” the jury said.
Morgan has developed a bush pump and a pit latrine which are in wide use.
The so-called Blair Ventilated Pit Latrine has been adapted as a national standard in Zimbabwe, where about 500 000 have been built.
On winning the $15 000 award, Morgan said he had been encouraged to continue to help “improve the conservation and supply of this most precious resource — water”.
Morgan has also developed a method to recycle human waste to be used to improve soil quality.
“Eco-san” toilets are used in many countries, the Stockholm Water Prize jury said.
Morgan was born in Britain in 1943, but is a citizen of Zimbabwe, where he heads the non-profit group Aquamor.
Swedish King Carl Gustaf was set to present the award in September at a ceremony in Stockholm as part of World Water Week.