Water and Sanitation in Emergency Situation Training

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1-Day Water and Sanitation Training Course for Emergency Situations

During emergency situations such as during war, natural catastrophes and even in refugee camps – water and sanitation (WASH), along with food and water, are the most important human needs and critical for survival.

Simply providing water and sanitation facilities will not assure that they will be used effectively or provide the intended assistance and sustainability. Numerous emergency situations which happened all over the world showed how critical for communities to have the necessary knowledge about water and sanitation to prevent related disease, dehydration and other related illnesses. This knowledge is also valuable in the process of designing and maintaining those facilities.

The water and sanitation response in emergencies should ensure good hygiene practices, provide safe drinking water and toilet facilities, and improve the living conditions of the affected population. The final aim is to allow affected population to live in good health, with dignity and security no matter of the circumstances.

For individuals and organisations whether private or public, working or interested in working in emergency situations will learn during the one day intensive water and sanitation training course:

  • The most common water and sanitation challenges in emergency situations;
  • Response methods and actions to water and sanitation in emergencies from main international bodies and organisations;
  • Preparedness planning for water and sanitation in emergency situations;
  • Different actors and their roles in addressing water and sanitation in emergencies;
  • Measures and solutions for water and sanitation sector in emergencies;
  • Stakeholder engagement and community involvement in emergency situations; and
  • How to train affected population, communities and other trainers on water and sanitation in emergencies

How does the online aspect work?

This accelerated training combines online learning with an intensive online  group workshop, through an online classroom. You will receive the link to the classroom with all the necessary materials.

Information on each topic is provided, together with a range of activities designed to support the learning where you will be able to LEARN BY DOING through asking questions, participating discussions, practical exercises and listening to the trainer’s instructions and best case practices.

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Who will benefit?

  • Consultants and experts working or looking to work in the water sector
  • Professionals who work in the water sector or have projects related to
  • Municipalities, councils and other government organisations
  • For those who work in nonprofit, civil society, community-based organisations
  • Programme and project managers, administrators, coordinators and other professionals  who work on water-related or community-based projects
  • For those who work or wish to get involved in addressing the growing water challenge


David Lyth is a water, waste and  environmental consultant with 25 years of professional experience in the water sector and environmental management in central, eastern and western Europe, the Middle East/Gulf, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. He holds a MSc Environmental Resources Planning from University of Aberdeen, UK.

During his professional career, he has directed, managed and contributed to a wide range of projects in the water sector, having worked in the UK water industry (Northumbrian Water-Suez) for eight years, covering projects in policy, strategy and infrastructure development across UK, Ireland, Egypt, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Bangladesh. Since then, he has focused on programming and project preparation of WASH projects mainly across central and eastern Europe, Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. He also recently advised on the implementation of the Lusaka Sanitation Program, Zambia and on behalf of the EU Delegation, and the programming of the Albanian water sector, which included components on both integrated water resources management and wastewater management. He also has extensive knowledge and experience of working with IFIs and donors, including ADA, AfDB, Commonwealth Secretariat, DfID, EIB, EBRD, EU, KfW, SECO, SIDA, UN and the World Bank

Mr. Lyth has directed, managed and contributed to the development, preparation and review of integrated water (and wastewater) strategies and feasibility studies. These have included major infrastructure investment projects in the UK, Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Montenegro, Serbia, including the 200 million British Pound Tees Estuary wastewater scheme; Budapest wastewater treatment scheme, Sofia integrated water and waste water scheme and number of integrated water supply and wastewater management investments in Montenegro and Serbia.

He is also a registered evaluator of UN and IFI/donor programmes and projects in the water and environmental sectors, and has recently evaluated an UNECE programme on equitable access to water and sanitation.

He is an experience and skilled trainer, having managed the training components of institutional strengthening programmes for Ministries of Environment in Lithuania and Bulgaria and the Municipal Infrastructure Support Programme in Serbia. During these programmes, he delivered training in water supply, wastewater management, water resources, environmental awareness, project preparation, financing of municipal and environmental infrastructure to a number of beneficiaries and stakeholders at governmental, public utility company and environmental NGO levels.  He delivered trainings at a number of Irish-Bulgarian environmental events, including a as guest lecturer on a visit by the Irish President to Bulgaria. More recently, he directed a capacity development programme (20 training courses) for the Ministry of Environment in Turkey, which delivered multi trainings in a number of disciplines to strengthen Ministry capacity when planning, preparing and implementing water and waste investment projects. Overall, he has managed and delivered over 150 training courses targeting over 1,000 local and national officials. He has also organised and conducted study tours for national and local government officials on water and environmental issues to Ireland, Lithuania and Portugal.

Mr Lyth is currently operating from Warsaw, Poland as an international independent consultant in water and environmental management, WASH, project preparation, evaluation and capacity building and training.

Register for the training

  • Up to 15 places are available, register 14 days before the start of the training date.
  • Training fee: $135
  • As soon as you have registered, you will receive a pre-training questionnaire.
  • You will receive a link to the virtual classroom to which you will be able to log into on the training day.
  • Prior to the start date of the training, you will also receive handouts, resources and other material that you will need.

 Limited spaces are available for our virtual training. Book now or register below to be notified of the next available dates.