It’s a time for us all to stop and recognize the fact that many people on this planet do not have access to clean water, or a sanitation option to clean the water they do have access to.
“World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.”
This year’s theme is focused on waste water. It’s time for all of us to roll up our sleeves and find ways for the human race to stop wasting the water we have and, furthermore, find new and innovative ways to treat the water we do waste.
“Instead of wasting wastewater, we need to reduce and reuse it. In our homes, we can reuse greywater on our gardens and plots. In our cities, we can treat and reuse wastewater for green spaces. In industry and agriculture, we can treat and recycle discharge for things like cooling systems and irrigation.
By exploiting this valuable resource, we will make the water cycle work better for every living thing. And we will help achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 6 target to halve the proportion of untreated wastewater and increase water recycling and safe reuse.”
While it is true that we’ve been surrounded by toilets, emerging technologies, people in inflatable poop suits and have enjoyed talks on the best ways to deal with number one and Mister Poo, we haven’t lost sight at all of what today is: World Water Day.
We all know what happens up-stream has a real impact down-stream. We know this right? Of course we do. Or do we?
Surprisingly, public health and sanitation and water resource management are often treated as somewhat separate domains. Part of the reason is that the data is limited, as well as the existing challenge of quantifying the impact that the sheer amount of Mister Poo has on vast bodies of water and water resources.
Put simply, we can do better.
The good news is that we are. One of the key features of many of the toilets here at the fair is water conservation and dealing with solid and liquid waste in new efficient and sustainable ways. Everyone here has worked very hard to create a better toilet that uses the least amount of water that it can, all while handling waste in a better, cleaner way with great focus on keeping waste out of the water supply so that there’s more clean water left for all those that use it.
A better toilet isn’t the entire answer of course, but it’s a good chunk of it. We are just happy (and honored) to be surrounded by like-minded people (as well as the extremely wonderful Mrs Toilet and Raya) aiming to be part of the solution.
To us it’s a no-brainer that World Water Day coincides with Reinvent the Toilet Fair: India. The two are linked in so many ways.
The We Are Water Foundation is proud to participate in the Reinvent The Toilet Challenge, Delhi 2014. In our booth, visitors will see for themselves the result of 15 months of collaborative effort from the RTI team to produce a waste treatment unit that is self sufficient and poised to be installed soon for field testing.
The ROCA Design Center and Innovation Lab have developed for this purpose an ultra low flush, vitreous china squat plate equipped with an S-trap that works as an efficient barrier against odours and insects travelling upstream.
This squat plate is the most adequate user interface for RTI’s toilet and has received very positive feedback from visitors related to several fields in the Sanitation value chain.
Water is a scarce resource in many geographical areas, so any contribution to a more sustainable use of it has to be welcome and praised, and the Reinvent The Toilet Challenge is a thrilling project to be part of.
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