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NGUYO: How standards can address water scarcity - 4 months ago, 21 Mar 21:44

Bernard Nguyo

Today is World Water Day – a global initiative celebrated annually on March 22 – advocating for sustainable ways of managing the world’s water resources.

The focus is on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 – dubbed “Leaving no one behind” - which means ensuring access to water and sanitation for all by 2030. This is the United Nation’s roadmap to ensure every human being benefits from getting clean, fresh water. But available statistics make this a mirage - somewhat.

Although water covers 70 percent of the earth’s surface, only a fraction of it is freshwater. The available drinking water is unevenly distributed across the globe - polluted or disputed - which means billions of people are still living without safe water.

The current situation also means that 4.5 billion people still lack safely managed sanitation services, particularly in rural areas.

By 2030, water scarcity in mainly arid and semi-arid areas will have displaced ...
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