As of 2008, more than a billion people lack safe water and 2.6 billion lacked access to sanitation worldwide. However, numerous technologies and approaches exist to provide access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). In this report from the Pacific Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP), the authors evaluate 120 resources in the WASH sector and finds significant gaps. They recommend the development of a comprehensive decision-making tool to assist practitioners in evaluating and identifying the best technology or approach to meet their particular WASH needs.
“While considerable progress has been made over the past decade across all areas of development, the pace of progress observed in previous years is insufficient to fully meet the Sustainable Development Goals and targets by 2030.” -United Nations, 2017
No one need explain the true value of water to 54-year-old Elizabeth and her family in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. She spends more than half her meagre salary on buying drinking water from a local water vendor, as she knows the water from the nearby lake could make her unwell, unproductive and unable to provide for her family.
This report recognizes the need for successful corporate water stewardship to encompass sustainable access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) for workers in company supply chains, and offers steps for companies to take to help end the global water and sanitation crisis.
In February of 2017, the Pacific Institute released a white paper entitled Drinking Fountains and Public Health: Improving National Infrastructure to Rebuild Trust and Ensure Access, which highlighted the limited evidence of a link between illness and disease outbreaks and drinking fountains.