According to WHO/UNICEF, around 60% of the global population – 4.5 billion people – either have no toilet at home or one that doesn’t safely manage excreta.
On November 19th, World Toilet Day (WTD) draws attention to the critical challenge of managing wastewater. WTD partners raise the question, ‘Where does our poo go?’
For billions of people around the world, sanitation systems are either non-existent or ineffective. Globally, 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused. Poo gets out and killer diseases spread, meaning progress in health and child mortality is seriously undermined.
To achieve SDG 6 and especially its Target 6.2, we need everyone’s poo to be captured, transported, treated and disposed of in a safe and sustainable way.
The opportunities from using wastewater as a resource are enormous. Safely managed wastewater is an affordable and sustainable source of not only water, but energy, nutrients and other recoverable materials.
To support our members and partners global, regional and national WTD initiatives, WSSCC is pleased to share the following information and resources:
After WTD, WSSCC would like to feature our members’ events on wsscc.org and include them in the members’ newsletter. Please send information with photos and videos to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the subject line ‘World Toilet Day 2017’.
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