Download | March 22, 2010

Report: Sick Water? The Central Role Of Wastewater Management In Sustainable Development

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Transforming wastewater from a major health and environmental hazard into a clean, safe and economically-attractive resource is emerging as a key challenge in the 21st century.

It is a challenge that will continue to intensify as the world undergoes rapid urbanization, industrialization, and increasing demand for meat and other foods unless decisive action is taken says this new United Nations report.

The report says that the sheer scale of dirty water means more people now die from contaminated and polluted water than from all forms of violence including wars. Dirty water is also a key factor in the rise of de-oxygenated dead zones that have been emerging in seas and oceans across the globe.