Harnessing Wastewater as a Resource for Development

By Simone Schenkel

A recent UN-Water Analytical Brief argued for a paradigm shift in global water politics, starting with a dedicated water goal that explicitly recognizes wastewater as a viable alternative water source in the post-2015 Development Agenda. Given the expiring Millennium Development Goals, which focused on water quality and sanitation, the brief calls greater attention to the neglected end products of these provisions –wastewater. Here are some notable statistics about wastewater in practice, as well opportunities associated with effective wastewater management for the future of water security and development:

Open sewers like this are common in much of the world, and pose health and environmental risks

Open sewers like this are common in much of the world, and pose health and environmental risks

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