Diseases spread through dirty water and poor sanitation are the fifth biggest killer of women worldwide, causing more deaths than AIDS, diabetes or breast cancer, researchers says. Nearly 800,000 women die every year because they lack access to safe toilets and clean water, said the development organisation, WaterAid, which analysed data from the Seattle-based Institute of Health Metrics research centre. Continue reading
A day to celebrate, a day to change, a day to prepare. World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future. In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. 22 years later, World Water Day is celebrated around the world shining the spotlight on a different issue every year. Continue reading
The Water Research Foundation (WRF), a leading sponsor of research supporting the water community, has released findings of a study addressing effective removal methods for cyanobacteria and other toxic algae from drinking water. The prevalence of drinking water source contamination by cyanobacterial blooms continues to increase, aided by changing climate, continued urbanization and increased nutrient loading of source waters. Continue reading
Only 20% of the worlds wastewater discharged are currently being treated, leaving low-income countries hardest hit by contaminated water supplies and disease. This is according to a UN report on wastewater management which encourages governments to see treated wastewater as a valuable resource, and a priority for the post-2015 development agenda. With urban populations estimated to double in the next four decades, and low-income countries possessing only 8 per cent of the required capacity to treat wastewater effectively, Wastewater Management, A UN-Water Analytical Brief, produced by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN-Habitat, on behalf of UN-Water, describes the damage being done to ecosystems and biodiversity as ‘dire’ and warns of the threat wastewater will increasingly pose to human health, economic activity, and water security if left unaddressed. Continue reading
The Federal Government has flagged off the National Water Supply and Sanitation Data Survey that will enhance performance tracking system for Water Supply and Sanitation sub-sector.
At the flag off ceremony organized by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, the Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Reng Ochekpe, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Istifanus Musa, said that the objective of the survey was to have updated information system on all public water supply and sanitation facilities. Continue reading