World Water Day 2017 – Why Wastewater?
World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.
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The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030, making water a key issue in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty.
In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated March 22 as World Water Day. World Water Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners.
Find out more about this year’s theme: wastewater.
Organizations around the world are coming together behind a common goal of keeping governments accountable to promises made with regards to providing safe water and sanitation to all.
To support them in this work, End Water Poverty is organizing exciting conversations to cover important aspects of water, sanitation, and hygiene. These webinars are open to the public, so please share these widely amongst your networks:
– Thursday March 16th; 3:30 PM GMT: “Realizing the Human Right to Water and Sanitation”
Register here: http://bit.do/WAM-webinar-HRTWS
– Thursday March 23rd; 3:30 PM GMT: “How to Finance an End to the Water and Sanitation Crisis”
Register here: http://bit.do/WAM-webinar-Finance
– Tuesday March 28th; 3:30 PM GMT: “How and Why to Involve Children and Youth in WASH Initiatives”
Register here: http://bit.do/WAM-webinar-Youth
Join the conversation this Water Action Month!
Report of a WASH Dialogue on faecal sludge and septage management.
By Anupama Sahay
Faecal sludge management in Cambodia. Photo: Dany Dourng
Is Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) an effective and long-term solution in the sanitation value chain? That was the question that Indian sanitation experts reflected on in Jaipur, the state capital of Rajasthan, at a multi-stakeholder dialogue on ‘FSSM Matters: Looking Forward’ on 10 January 2017. The dialogue was the second of the “Insights” series launched last year by the India Sanitation Coalition (ISC), IRC and TARU Leading Edge.
Posted in Campaigns and Events, Technology, Wastewater Management
Tagged Bihar, faecal sludge management, India, India Sanitation Coalition, IRC, Mahararashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, sanitation service chains, TARU Leading Edge
The 2017 AGUASAN Workshop will focus on analysing successful and failed approaches for transitioning from linear to circular water and sanitation models.
The workshop takes place from June 26 to 30, 2017 in Spiez, Switzerland.
Circular economy has great potential to drive the Water and Sanitation 2030 Agenda forward because it aligns directly with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.3 of improving water quality and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally and SDG 6.4 of substantially increasing water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensuring sustainable withdrawals.
Key questions and issues:
- What does the circular economy concept entail?
- Which flows are relevant?
- Which stakeholders need to be involved and how?
- How can demand for recovered products be created?
- In which context do these stakeholders act?
- What are the drivers and barriers influencing the transition towards a circular economy?
- Which circular economy approaches can we learn from for overcoming the identified
- How should change from linear to circular water and sanitation be managed?
- How can health risks be managed?
- How to address public perceptions associated with recycling and reusing of human waste?
Please find the invitation letter, announcement and pre-registration on the website: www.aguasan.ch. Registrations will be accepted until March 19th, 2017.
AGUASAN is an interdisciplinary Swiss Community of Practice (CoP) that brings together a broad range of specialists to promote wider and deeper understanding of key water and sanitation management issues in developing and transition countries. It builds on committed sector professionals from various specialised institutions involved in Swiss development cooperation, humanitarian aid and research. Since 1984, the CoP provides an exemplary, vibrant and most pertinent exchange platform and think-tank serving the water sector, and constitutes an essential link in the innovation and knowledge management strategy of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Besides convening quarterly knowledge sharing events, every year members of the CoP organise an international AGUASAN Workshop in Switzerland
Global Toilet Business Innovation and Investment Summit, 2016. Toilet Board Coalition.
It was a special honour to host over 250 leading businesses and stakeholders this past November in Mumbai at the Global Toilet Business Innovation and Investment Summit.
We have ventured to capture the energy in the room in a brief report sharing the highlights and themes throughout the three days, Nov 15-17 2016.
Please take a moment to take a look and discover the inspiring businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem enablers accelerating THE BUSINESS OF SANITATION FOR ALL!
Top 25 Leaders. Water and Wastewater International.
After three years, WWi magazine’s Top 25 Water Leaders series has gone from strength to strength. The Top 25 showcases leadership talent – whether it’s founding and growing a company from scratch or adapting a well established corporation to weather economic and market changes. This year many new entries have made the final 25. Here we take a look at the top 24 leaders before an interview with the winner.
25 – Dr Andrew Benedek, CEO, Anaergia, Hungary
A leading authority on global water issues, Dr Benedek founded Zenon Environmental in 1980, growing the business to become a leader in membrane treatment before being sold to GE. With over 30 years experience in wastewater treatment, he won the Stockholm Water Industry award in 2003 and the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize in 2008. Chairman and CEO for Anaergia, Dr Benedek graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and PhD from the University of Washington.
24 – James Sano, CEO of Water & Sanitation Corporation (WASAC), Rwanda
Providing services to Kigali, WASAC underwent a transformation in non-revenue water, energy usage, management and customer service in 2015, under leadership from James Sano. Following a turnaround programme by 2ML, the utility’s billing efficiency had reached 100% with NRW improving by 3.4%, with cash operating margins going from being in deficit to a surplus in the hundreds of millions of Rwandan Francs. The former water and sanitation sector coordinator at the Rwanda Ministry of Infrastructure, Sano got a masters in environmental science from Wageningen University.
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