Water & sanitation

Coinciding with the start of the United Nations International Decade for Action – “Water for Sustainable Development” (2018-2028), this edition of ISOfocus aims to raise awareness of the critical state of water resources around the world and inspire more action to tackle it.

This issue provides updates on developments in the water sector and is a vital source of up-to-date information about the water and wastewater industry. With its focus on driving performance in urban water services for rapidly growing cities, it undoubtedly speaks to the most pressing issue of our time.

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Water & sanitation

Today, one in ten people lack access to safe water. Yet access to water and sanitation can turn problems into potential, unlocking education, work opportunities and improved health for all.

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The troubling talk of toilets
The troubling talk of toilets

By Elizabeth Gasiorowski-Denis

When we think about the most dire threats to our planet, poor sanitation rarely tops the list. Yet it’s a significant (and in some cases immediate) contributor to sickness and pollution in both rural and urban areas. So how can ISO help deliver sustainable sanitation to the 2.3 billion people who lack access to basic services?

In the developing world, 90 % of sewage is discharged directly into lakes, rivers and oceans.

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Putting the logic into hydrological
Putting the logic into hydrological

By Barnaby Lewis

Global mobility, intensive farming and urban developments that have spread into once uninhabitable areas have made water access, use, and reuse, critical areas for International Standards. 

Managing a precious resource
Managing a precious resource

Why do we need to manage global water resources? According to environmental scientist Dr Debbie Chapman, our health and well-being depend on it – and the payback is tremendous. Here, Dr Chapman explains the importance of managing water resources at the global scale.

Fresh changes in the pipeline
Fresh changes in the pipeline

By Ann Brady

Ageing wastewater systems are under threat from growing populations, urbanization, pollution and climate change, not to mention human behaviour. However, despite these challenges and fears for health and safety, the new ISO 24516 series is playing a key role in turning what many consider a burden into a valuable resource.

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