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WikiProject Water
WikiProject icon This page is within the scope of WikiProject Water, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of water related articles on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.

Chemicals for water purification[edit]

Hi, I work on WP:Chem, and I stumbled across this WikiProject. I wanted to ask, are there any specific chemicals for which you would like us to provide/improve article? Could you provide some information on how chemicals are used, for example aluminium sulfate, iron(III) chloride, sodium chlorite? Thanks, Walkerma 05:56, 2 October 2005 (UTC)


Do we need a category? I think a would make it far easier to keep track of what is covered by this project. Otherwise you might never know there were pages on Solar water disinfection, for example.

Category:Drinking water and Category:Water cover different topics. Should we go for Water purification, which would ignore supply topics such as rainwater, or Water supply, which would include separate issues of piping etc.? (I suggest we create Category:Water purification unless someone has a better idea.) --Singkong2005 08:00, 30 November 2005 (UTC)

Propose move to WikiProject Water and sanitation[edit]

As this WikiProject isn't attracting much interest, I'd like to suggest moving it from WikiProject Water purification to WikiProject Water and sanitation. Any objections

I was thinking of a userbox that says "This user is interested in water and sanitation," but if the project is moved as I've suggested, perhaps it's enough to make a userbox for the WikiProject. --Singkong2005 talk 01:52, 9 August 2006 (UTC)

I will support this and suggest it should be a subproject of a wider WikiProject Environment. --Alex 07:58, 9 August 2006 (UTC)
Agree it should be a subproject (not sure what that means in practice, but I guess a fairly prominent link from WikiProject Environment is part of it. --Singkong2005 talk 05:22, 12 August 2006 (UTC)

Project directory[edit]

Hello. The WikiProject Council has recently updated the Wikipedia:WikiProject Council/Directory. This new directory includes a variety of categories and subcategories which will, with luck, potentially draw new members to the projects who are interested in those specific subjects. Please review the directory and make any changes to the entries for your project that you see fit. There is also a directory of portals, at User:B2T2/Portal, listing all the existing portals. Feel free to add any of them to the portals or comments section of your entries in the directory. The three columns regarding assessment, peer review, and collaboration are included in the directory for both the use of the projects themselves and for that of others. Having such departments will allow a project to more quickly and easily identify its most important articles and its articles in greatest need of improvement. If you have not already done so, please consider whether your project would benefit from having departments which deal in these matters. It is my hope that all the changes to the directory can be finished by the first of next month. Please feel free to make any changes you see fit to the entries for your project before then. If you should have any questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you. B2T2 00:00, 26 October 2006 (UTC)

Wikipedia Day Awards[edit]

Hello, all. It was initially my hope to try to have this done as part of Esperanza's proposal for an appreciation week to end on Wikipedia Day, January 15. However, several people have once again proposed the entirety of Esperanza for deletion, so that might not work. It was the intention of the Appreciation Week proposal to set aside a given time when the various individuals who have made significant, valuable contributions to the encyclopedia would be recognized and honored. I believe that, with some effort, this could still be done. My proposal is to, with luck, try to organize the various WikiProjects and other entities of wikipedia to take part in a larger celebrartion of its contributors to take place in January, probably beginning January 15, 2007. I have created yet another new subpage for myself (a weakness of mine, I'm afraid) at User talk:Badbilltucker/Appreciation Week where I would greatly appreciate any indications from the members of this project as to whether and how they might be willing and/or able to assist in recognizing the contributions of our editors. Thank you for your attention. Badbilltucker 17:44, 30 December 2006 (UTC)

Creating a water filters category[edit]

I'm thinking of creating Category:Water filters, as a subcategory of Category:Filters. I don't imagine that will create any major problems - some filters might be used either for water or for other uses - perhaps in those cases they should go in both categories? --Chriswaterguy talk (by the way, I've changed my username from Singkong2005 to Chriswaterguy - apologies for any confusion). 04:11, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

Water filters category[edit]

I'm thinking of creating Category:Water filters, as a subcategory of Category:Filters and Category:Water treatment. I don't imagine that will create any major problems - some filters might be used either for water or for other uses - perhaps in those cases they should go in both categories? --Chriswaterguy talk (by the way, I've changed my username from Singkong2005 to Chriswaterguy - apologies for any confusion). 04:15, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

The Sustainable development Portal[edit]

I recently started The Sustainable development Portal and offered it up for portal peer review to help make it a feature portal down the road. Please feel free to to help improve the portal and/or offer your input at the portal peer review. Thanks. RichardF 17:29, 21 May 2007 (UTC)

The Sustainable development Portal now is a Featured portal candidate. Please feel free to leave comments. RichardF 02:49, 2 June 2007 (UTC)

Water fluoridation nominated as a Featured Article[edit]

Water fluoridation (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) has been nominated as a featured article. If you have the time and the inclination to review it, please weigh in at Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Water fluoridation. Thanks. Eubulides (talk) 20:49, 13 February 2009 (UTC)

The Featured Article nomination of Water fluoridation (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) has been restarted. Previous comments have been archived, so we now have a fresh start. Further comments are welcome on the nomination page.


I'm placing the {{inactive}} template on the project page for this WikiProject. Nobody has made changes to the main page for almost a year, and only one comment has been left on the talk page (other than this note) since 2007. Killiondude (talk) 19:36, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

Merge proposal[edit]

If anybody's home, I think that Wikipedia:WikiProject Water supply and sanitation by country should be merged into this project (works just like merging and redirecting articles, only you have to be sure that you found all the subpages and templates). Having multiple tiny projects scattered about decreases the likelihood that interested editors will find each other. WhatamIdoing (talk) 00:58, 21 January 2011 (UTC)


Wikipedia:HighBeam describes a limited opportunity for Wikipedia editors to have access to HighBeam Research.
Wavelength (talk) 16:19, 5 April 2012 (UTC)

water supply units[edit]

Do water supply units, such as water supply tankers fall under this project? -- (talk) 08:20, 6 November 2012 (UTC)

Tankers have historically been a focus of WikiProject Ships; although comparison with alternative water supplies or means of water transport should be within the scope of this WikiProject. Water transportation infrastructure should be within the scope of this WikiProject because of aquatic habitat and water supply changes resulting from flow modifications associated with canals, locks, impoundments, and harbor improvements for transportation and flood control. Salinity gradients and exotic species introduction become significant in estuarine habitats where ocean shipping enters fresh water rivers and canal systems.Thewellman (talk) 19:23, 7 November 2012 (UTC)
Transportation canals, ship harbors, shipping channels, shipping routes, are currently covered at WP:TRANSPORT's Maritime task force. Canals (transport & water supply), harbor improvement & construction, flood control infrastructure (dams, levees, dykes, etc), are also covered by WP:Civil Engineering. Water power is covered by WP:ENERGY, while water power infrastructure (dams, tidal barrages, etc) also falls under WP:Civil Engineering. From my reading of the current project purpose, I would have thought that water supply tankers should fall in scope (as would water supply canals and sewage and supply infrastructure, and storm drains)
So some of the subjects covered under the current purpose are also covered elsewhere, while the expansion would add more, while also moving estuaries, etc from WPENVIRONMENT to here, in my estimation. It's not unusual for multiple projects to be involved in articles. -- (talk) 06:12, 9 November 2012 (UTC)

WikiProject Water supply and sanitation by country[edit]

I've requested that WP:WikiProject Water supply and sanitation by country be merged into this one as a task force, see WT:WikiProject Water supply and sanitation by country -- (talk) 08:24, 6 November 2012 (UTC)


I put together this userbox for the Water WikiProject and request comments about inclusion on the project page for general use.

Code Result
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This user participates in the
Water WikiProject

Thewellman (talk) 00:54, 7 November 2012 (UTC)

You should make a local page for that, such as most WPP userboxes exist as. Say WP:WikiProject Water/userbox -- (talk) 05:58, 9 November 2012 (UTC)

Proposed Expansion on Water Scarcity in Africa page[edit]

As part of a class assignment through Rice University's Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities program, I would like to expand on Water scarcity in Africa because as is, the article presents a very broad review on how clean water scarcity, women, children, education, and development are all interconnected in the context of Africa, but would benefit from more specific and expanded information, as well as the addition of new topic points relating to who it effects, why, and how. I have five main areas that I would like to expand upon:

1. More information is needed in the section titled "Women, Children, and Education" and potentially could be broken down into two separate parts - Women and Children - despite their related aspects, with an overarching theme of Education.

2. The section titled "Productivity and Development" would profit from a more in-depth discussion of various theories on how clean water scarcity in Africa impedes its development. I would also like to add more on how this affect the productivity of African women, specifically.

3. Under the section titled "Reasons for Scarcity", I would like to potentially add sub-sections on over-consumption, environmental degradation, population, politics and privatization's effect on water scarcity.

4. In response to comments calling for more specificity by region in this article, I would like to add a section on specific case studies on regions in Africa experiencing clean water scarcity. This would better illustrait the issue's broach-reaching impact, as well as show differences in severity throughout such a diverse continent.

5. In the section addressing what efforts are being made to alleviate this crisis, I would like to add updates to reflect any improvements in technology/efforts that have been made in the past year, as well as those possibly overlooked in the initial research for this page.

It is important that this page is continually improved, expanded, and updated because there is a clear link between African underdevelopment and clean water scarcity that should be recognized. As always, any feedback on what you think should or shouldn't be included in my revision would be greatly appreciated. Hmccann (talk) 22:17, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

I am delighted to see interest in expanding Wikipedia coverage of this subject. Since continental coverage of such an important topic has already generated a substantial article, you might consider breaking out one or more articles of reduced scope with focus on issues of specific regions of ethnic, political, meteorological, or geological similarity or continuity such as the Nile, Congo, Orange, Zambezi or Limpopo Rivers or within endorheic basins or coastal regions between these great drainage basins. List of freshwater ecoregions in Africa and Madagascar might be a good source of candidate areas for more focused coverage. If your edits would increase the length of the Water scarcity in Africa to more than 30,000 bytes, I suggest including a
{{main|Title of your more focused article}}
main article link at the top of an appropriate summary paragraph within the Water scarcity in Africa article to direct readers to your article.Thewellman (talk) 23:57, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

Toilets in the Republic of China[edit]

Toilets in the Republic of China (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) has been nominated for deletion -- (talk) 05:34, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

The discussion at WP:RFD has now also included Toilets in Taiwan , Toilets in the People's Republic of China , Toilets in China ; -- (talk) 19:32, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

Leaflet for Wikiproject Water at Wikimania 2014[edit]

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Hi all,

My name is Adi Khajuria and I am helping out with Wikimania 2014 in London.

One of our initiatives is to create leaflets to increase the discoverability of various wikimedia projects, and showcase the breadth of activity within wikimedia. Any kind of project can have a physical paper leaflet designed - for free - as a tool to help recruit new contributors. These leaflets will be printed at Wikimania 2014, and the designs can be re-used in the future at other events and locations.

This is particularly aimed at highlighting less discoverable but successful projects, e.g:

• Active Wikiprojects: Wikiproject Medicine, WikiProject Video Games, Wikiproject Film

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Adikhajuria (talk) 15:47, 27 June 2014 (UTC)


The uses of Particulate, Particulates, Particulate matter is under discussion, see talk:Particulates -- (talk) 04:36, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Proposed Creation of Water Supply and Sanitation in Zimbabwe[edit]

As part of a class assignment through Rice University's Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities program, I would like to create a page titled Water Supply and Sanitation in Zimbabwe. This page would provide a history of water supply and sanitation efforts in Zimbabwe, a current overview of the infrastructure and government organizations that deal with water supply and sanitation in Zimbabwe, a list and description of efforts of NGOs and aid branches of foreign governments that are helping to improve water supply and sanitation in Zimbabwe, and a description of current issues and future plans for helping to change water supply and sanitation in Zimbabwe. In addition I will add a section dealing with environmental concerns regarding water supply and sanitation in Zimbabwe and a section about human concerns, which will endeavor to make the connection between the general poor quality of life in Zimbabwe and the poor quality and quantity of water supply and sanitation in Zimbabwe. The sources I plan to use for this article include, but are not limited to, UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, African Development Bank Group, and Water Sanitation Program scholarly reports, studies, and factual overviews. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions about what should or should not be included and used for this article.OLucier (talk) 19:39, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

Welcome aboard! The article sounds promising; but be sure to emphasize description of WP:Notability features of the article in your introductory paragraph. I'm glad to see inclusion of conventional water supply and sanitation engineering references among your sources. The situational differences in developing countries seem to largely be a matter of scale. While many English language engineering publications emphasize large scale projects which offer a comfortable margin of engineering costs to pay salaries; your article may be focused on smaller scale projects. You might look for publications aimed at rural landowners like
Another factor has been difficulty in training and retaining individuals with the skills to maintain the systems once they have been installed. USEPA encountered this problem with smaller wastewater treatment systems installed under the Clean Water Act Construction Grant Program subsequently replaced by the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. The original grant program was replaced by the loan program because grants encouraged many small communities to build systems they lacked the tax base to keep in operation. You may find EPA documents describing situations where communities payed low wages to treatment plant operators who quickly moved on to better paying jobs as soon as they acquired the skills necessary to keep the plant operating. Plants able to afford only a single operator were especially vulnerable to high personnel turnover.
I encourage you to construct your article in a sandbox space; as articles under development can be discouragingly savaged by well-meaning recent change patrollers. Please let me know if you have questions. Thewellman (talk) 20:49, 28 September 2014 (UTC)
Go for it! Here are some tips that you may find useful and here is a water and sanitation country profile of a neighboring country that you may find useful as a model or inspiration: . You may want to cover financial aspects and the role of donors, if you did not plan to do so anyway. When you create the page, you can drop me a note on my user page and I would be happy to assist with comments within my own time limits.--Mschiffler (talk) 06:44, 29 September 2014 (UTC)
Thank you all so much for your advice. I really appreciate your enthusiasm and experience. Please feel free to comment on the page once it is initially created.OLucier (talk) 02:46, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

Comment on the WikiProject X proposal[edit]

Hello there! As you may already know, most WikiProjects here on Wikipedia struggle to stay active after they've been founded. I believe there is a lot of potential for WikiProjects to facilitate collaboration across subject areas, so I have submitted a grant proposal with the Wikimedia Foundation for the "WikiProject X" project. WikiProject X will study what makes WikiProjects succeed in retaining editors and then design a prototype WikiProject system that will recruit contributors to WikiProjects and help them run effectively. Please review the proposal here and leave feedback. If you have any questions, you can ask on the proposal page or leave a message on my talk page. Thank you for your time! (Also, sorry about the posting mistake earlier. If someone already moved my message to the talk page, feel free to remove this posting.) Harej (talk) 22:47, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

Parshall flume has serious problems[edit]

See Talk:Parshall flume#Non-existent "Figure 1" where I explain that the article has a problem that may extend to copyright violation - or might be merely poor paraphrasing. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 19:19, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

WikiProject X is live![edit]

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Hello everyone!

You may have received a message from me earlier asking you to comment on my WikiProject X proposal. The good news is that WikiProject X is now live! In our first phase, we are focusing on research. At this time, we are looking for people to share their experiences with WikiProjects: good, bad, or neutral. We are also looking for WikiProjects that may be interested in trying out new tools and layouts that will make participating easier and projects easier to maintain. If you or your WikiProject are interested, check us out! Note that this is an opt-in program; no WikiProject will be required to change anything against its wishes. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

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Harej (talk) 16:58, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Why does the WikiProject Water and Sanitation redirect to here?[edit]

I have just discovered that there is a page called WikiProject "Water and Sanitation" and it is re-directing to this page which is now called WikiProject Water. We do now have a WikiProject Sanitation as well, so should the redirect be changed? It could rather re-direct to WikiProject Sanitation or to both somehow? EvM-Susana (talk) 14:31, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

OK, this has now been changed. When someone goes to Wikipedia:WikiProject_Water_and_sanitation there is a fork which takes people to either WikiProject Water or to WikiProject Sanitation. That's much better. EvM-Susana (talk) 08:32, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

Water fluoridation[edit]

Hi folks! They could sure use a few eyes over at Water fluoridation. Please have a quick look at the history and please drop by Talk:Water fluoridation#April 28, 2016 to share your thoughts. Many, many thanks. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 10:08, 28 April 2016 (UTC)

UNESCO project to improve water related articles on Wikipedia[edit]

Dear all

Since you're looking at this page on Wikiproject Water I thought you might be interested in a project I'm working on. I'm currently Wikimedian in Residence at UNESCO and running a project to copy text from open license UNESCO publications into Wikipedia as either new articles or to improve existing articles. One of these documents is the 2016 UN World Water Development Report, Water and Jobs. If you are interested in taking part please have a look at the project here and message me on my talk page with any questions.

Thanks very much

--John Cummings (talk) 15:41, 16 November 2016 (UTC)

Right to water listed at Requested moves[edit]


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