Urgent action is needed globally and locally to achieve safe and sustainably managed water, sanitation and hygiene for all in order to prevent devastating impacts on the health of millions of people.
Findings from World
Health Organization and
United Nations show that
acceleration is needed in
many countries to achieve
Goal 6 – clean water and
sanitation for all by 2030.
The goal seeks to “Ensure [the] availability and
sustainable management of water and sanitation
for all,” with six outcome
targets on the broader
water sector including
SDG goals are broken
into targets. Target,
6.a says: By 2030,
support to developing
countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programs, including water harvesting, desalination,
water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse
technologies. Target 6.b states: support and strengthen
the participation of local communities in improving water
and sanitation management.
While 45% of countries are on track to achieve their
nationally-defined drinking-water coverage targets, only
25% of countries are on track to achieve their national
sanitation targets. Less than a third of countries reported to
have sufficient human resources required to carry out key
drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) functions.
While progress is being made on global fronts, ECHO
trainers in East Africa and Thailand are working to help
eliminate this problem at the household level by using
biosand and biochar water filters.
Proven over the years, this technology can effectively provide safe drinking water to the household. It works by filtering impurities through a natural biological layer and then layers of sand, pebbles and stone. The biosand filter can be made using local materials and is a low-cost system that removes suspended sediments and other impurities from water in order to make it safer for human consumption. The result is clean water for drinking for domestic use. This bottom-up approach will complement and help communities work together to achieve national and global goals.
“We are facing an urgent crisis: poor access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene claim
millions of lives each year, while the increasing frequency and
intensity of climate-related extreme weather events continue
to hamper the delivery of safe WASH services,” said Dr Tedros
Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “We call on
governments and development partners to strengthen WASH
systems and dramatically increase investment to extend access
to safely managed drinking water and sanitation services to all
by 2030, beginning with the most vulnerable.”
To access a collection of water, sanitation, and hygiene
resources, or plans to build the bio-sand filter on
ECHOcommunity, visit http://edn.link/water.