USAID and its partners work toward increasing access to safe and basic sanitation services and increasing treatment, recycling, and reuse of wastewater worldwide. In Fiscal Year 2016, USAID and its partners helped 2.9 million people gain access to basic sanitation—defined as a facility that separates people from their waste and is not shared with other households.
This issue of Water Currents contains links to WTD 2017 resources and events, as well as recent studies on a range of sanitation issues to help mark this important advocacy day.
World Toilet Day 2017 Resources
The Official World Toilet Day website highlights the theme for WTD 2017, wastewater. The WTD website includes a factsheet, infographic, stories, and a video, Where does our poo go?
Sanitation Economy: The Commercial Case & Economics for the Biological Cycle. Toilet Board Coalition, November 16, 2017. The Toilet Board Coalition is hosting a Google Hangout to mark the release of its new report, “Circular Economy Sanitation: Towards a Commercial Reality” for WTD 2017. A roundtable of experts will highlight and discuss business-led models to redesign sanitation.
State of Urban Water and Sanitation in India. USAID, October 2017. Strengthening Water and Sanitation in Urban Settings of India is a three-year, USAID-funded collaboration with TERI University, Coca-Cola India, and TERI. The report provides a regional assessment of progress in urban sanitation, analyzes the sanitation landscape, discusses three years of Swachh Bharat Mission, gives an overview the sanitation service chain, and describes how to leverage corporate engagement.
Waste Stabilization Ponds. Global Water Pathogen Project, September 2017. Waste stabilization ponds consist of open basins that use natural processes to treat domestic wastewater, septage, and sludge, as well as animal or industrial wastes. One of their biggest advantages is that they are easy and inexpensive to operate and maintain.
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