Celebrate World Toilet Day

This Sunday, November 19, let’s take some time to reflect. For billions in the developing world proper sanitation can mean the difference between education and ignorance, health and illness, prosperity and poverty. But 2.5 billion people still don’t have access to a toilet, and 11 percent of the world’s population still defecates in the open.

Bringing Scientists Together on the Cutting Edge of Innovation in the Middle East

Accessing safe water and sanitation is an ongoing challenge in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This historically arid area is home to about 5 percent of the world’s population, but only about 1.4 percent of the world’s freshwater resources. The demand for both water resources and a solution to sanitation challenges continues to grow.

Treating Wastewater as a Resource

In an increasingly water-stressed world, productive and sustainable use of a variety of freshwater sources has become more important than ever. The theme of World Water Day 2017 — wastewater—provided an ideal moment to pause and reflect on how this often maligned and misunderstood water source can be treated safely to improve public health and enhance quality of life.

World Water Day 2017 - Why Wastewater?

The theme of the 2017 World Water Day celebration — “Why Wastewater?” — invites us to pause and reflect not only on the importance of water in our daily lives, but also to recognize the central and often overlooked role that proper wastewater treatment can play in fortifying water security at the local, national, and regional levels.

Water Reuse and Environmental Conservation Project - Aqaba Mechanical Wastewater Treatment Plant Preliminary Evaluation Report

The Aqaba Water Company owns and maintains a 21,000 m3 /day Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in the northwest portion of Aqaba, Jordan. Aqaba is a fast growing area and this trend is expected to continue. Projected future population growth and associated wastewater flows; along with the impacts of seasonal variation for Aqaba; and its popularity as a tourist destination were considered in the “Aqaba Wastewater Collection System Master Plan”, dated July 2010 (Master Plan).

Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)

SuSanA is an open international alliance with members who are dedicated to understanding viable and sustainable sanitation solutions. It links on the ground experiences with an engaged community made up of practitioners, policy makers, researchers, and academics from different levels with the aim of promoting innovation and best practices in policy, programming and implementation.

Water and Development Strategy: Sanitation

More than 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation worldwide. In this April 2015 presentation for the Water and Development Strategy Webinar Series, USAID’s Jesse Shapiro discusses and responds to participant questions about the impacts of sanitation; critical challenges to improving sanitation; the sanitation ladder and service chain; and programmatic interventions to improve sanitation.

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Sanitation encompasses the facilities, behaviors, and services that safely prevent human contact with excreta.

Why Sanitation Matters

Improving sanitation can have a significant impact on health, the economy, and personal security and dignity, especially for women and girls. Investments in sanitation reduce healthcare costs and boost productivity, as time available for work and school increases.