|Event Detail: The Global Sanitation Challenge|
Speaker: Dr. Christopher Scott
Time: Sunday, 8:00am-9:00am
We face truly formidable challenges: how to supply water to an additional quarter million people each day, and sanitation services to almost half a million people each day over the coming decades. These are the implication of global population growth occurring almost entirely in cities in developing countries.
Among the eight Millennium Development Goals agreed to by UN members, most will be positively affected by improved sanitation and access to clean water, especially MDG 7, which aims to ensure environmental sustainability. However, wastewater treatment is not addressed by the MDGs, raising the need for creative thinking on water recycling and reuse.
This presentation discusses current challenges to meeting MDG goals, what challenges we can expect in the future, and how improvements might be funded. Specific sanitation and treatment challenges at sites around the world are also discussed, from Ghana, to India, Mexico, and Pakistan, as are possible solutions for each site. Policy, technical, and other recommendations will also be presented, and related to the work of EWB-USA and other similar NGOs.