Sanitation and Wastewater

Seminar at Singapore International Water Week 2018 // Dealing with the Sanitation Nexus: The Need for Technology Disruption

Conventionally-reticulated sanitation requires high investment costs and substantial access to energy and water to operate its systems. Against the challenges of water security, availability, climate variability, rising energy costs and growing concerns of new and emerging pathogens, the questions posed are whether this model can be sustainable into the future. At this time, global utilities and governments are increasing their efforts to meet the SDG goals. In regards to sanitation, they will focus on the majority of unserved communities in rural, urban and peri-urban areas in developing and developed cities.

About 2 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation, and additional 2.5 billion use non-sewered sanitation systems (off-grid) which are not always properly managed. Despite the many advantages of off the grid and waterless toilet and sanitation technologies, especially in a water-scare country, they are not attracting decision maker’s attention.   There is still a weak understanding of policies and regulations needed to promote alternative solutions to sewer based systems, and especially how sanitation services can be priced in cities and communities without sewer. 

The first set of disruptive technologies are moving from prototype to manufacturing, supported by a number of implementation and business models for its role out.  The WRC and the Foundation are working towards large scale demonstration.  This session aims to share some of the new developments and technologies emanating from the Gates Sanitation Challenge and the Water research Commission, as well as others. 

It will highlight current experiences and lessons, and will stimulate or provoke thinking towards a sanitation future free of wastewater and faecal sludges.

  • Greater awareness of new technologies and developments
  • Share best practices and lessons
  • Inform policy and process which may change design and regulations
  • Establish a Community of practice
  • Discuss how off the grid systems can influence city wide sanitation planning and developments.
  • Development of standards and ISO processes for technologies

The case studies will share the latest progress on innovative sanitation service delivery models as well as the next generation of technologies currently being developed for the launch a new sanitation industry.  We hope to stimulate a dialogue with key leading thinkers in this field, on the timing and the opportunity at hand in more holistically dealing with the nexus of toilet - wastewater - pollution - energy.

Source: SIWW website

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Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) 2019

Stockholm World Water Week 2019

In 2019, World Water Week will explore an inclusive approach. This week’s theme: “Water and society – including all” is recognizing that not everybody is impacted in the same way by too little, too much or too dirty water. Less obvious than last year, the Nexus approach will remain at the heart of the water debate, especially through the seminar topic "Addressing migration through regional integration and water security for all", that explicitly connects water, energy and food security as the...

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SWWW 2019 Seminar // Addressing Migration through Regional Integration and Water Security for All

Regional economic integration can foster transboundary water management as well as energy and food security. It also attracts investments that address infrastructure deficits, accelerates participation in global and regional value chains, and stimulates economic growth. All are important entry points for sustainable development. However, environmental and social co-benefits are typically not as well quantified as economic growth.

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Climate Change

ECCA 2019 // European Climate Change Adaptation Conference

ECCA 2019 is an opportunity to share and learn from professionals in adaptation, while discovering new products and research as well as alternative approaches to engaging with stakeholders. The food-water-energy nexus is listed as one of the topics under the Global Climate Challenges chapter. Closing date for submissions is 31 Oct 2018.

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