For IWMI Director General, Jeremy Bird, the world's emerging water crisis in most places is one of management rather than of absolute water shortages -- of not making the most of clean water, and of profligate disregard for the value of waste water.
Integrated business models throughout the sanitation value chain can turn waste into valuable resources such as biofuels or fertilizer and save water, thus leading to even broader livelihood improvements. But why are some models vastly more successful than others?
Many government officials see wastewater treatment plants as expensive and low cost recovery investments. This is why governments are struggling to meet the wastewater treatment needs of their countries.
René van Veenhuizen from RUAF reviews two new guides on the safe use of wastewater in agriculture. Wastewater is a resource which can, when used safely, alleviate the pressure on (fresh)water resources...
Turning fecal waste into a valuable commodity: why not promote reuse of wastes materials? Why not add value to these products, whether they come from households, public toilets, agricultural or industrial sectors?
The world’s rapid transition to urbanization contributes greatly to the pressure on water, food security, and energy, as the World Water Week Workshop on Securing Water and Food in an Urbanising World explored. We cannot simply look at urbanization as an urban problem. As Pay Drechsel from the