World Toilet Day 2017: wastewater – where does IT go?
The theme of this year’s World Toilet Day, celebrated on November 19, is “wastewater”, highlighting the journey of human waste.
For 4.5 billion people around the world, sanitation systems are either non-existent or highly ineffective; 869 million people (that’s about 100 times the population of London) live nowadays without the dignity of a toilet.
As a result, it is estimated that 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows into the environment without any kind of treatment. Poo gets into the environment spreading fatal diseases, which results in over 840,000 deaths a year according to the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council.
The Sustainable Development Goals (goal 6) include a target to ensure everyone has access to a household toilet by 2030. In order to achieve this, we need everyone’s poo to follow the same journey – be contained, transported, treated and disposed of in a safe and sustainable way. In addition to the profound impact this will have on health and living conditions, safely-managed wastewater has massive potential as an affordable and sustainable source of energy, nutrients and water.
Learn more about the importance of sustainable sanitation for wetlands and people reading “Wetlands and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – Understanding the linkages”, co-authored by Matthew Simpson from WWT Consulting.
To download World Water Day materials, please click here.
Here’s hoping for safe sanitation for everyone, everywhere in the not too distant future!