Published in 2018-06-19 09:55:46
Date: Tuesday 3rd July 2018
Room: Conference Room 2
TECHNOLOGIES FOR SAFE DRINKING WATER PROVISIONS TO MEET THE CHALLENGES OF SDG 6.1 IN ARSENIC AFFECTED AREAS
Organizers: Environment and Population Research Centre (EPRC), Bangladesh, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) Tanzania, CNEA (Argentina) & UNICEF-Bangladesh
The preamble of the Sustainabe Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) is based on the fact that the access to safe water and sanitation together with efficient management of freshwater ecosystems are essential for human health and to environmental sustainability and economic prosperity. Among the specific targets of SDG 6, Target 6.1 is most challenging that concerns achieving universal and equitable access to safe drinking water for all by 2030.
Removal of arsenic from water is a challenging task and requires a thorough knowledge about the raw water quality. The treatment method needs to be improvised considering the water quality prevailing in different regions. The choice of the methods and the scale also varies depending on the in different locations that in urban settings vis a vis the rural settings depending on the target population and socio-economic conditions. In recent years, source substitution has emerged as an important option and should be prioritized and adopted wherever appropriate. However, in areas where source substitution is not a feasible alternative, removal of arsenic becomes inevitable. Thus decision makers should recognize and thoroughly evaluate the impact of replacing or adapting to treatment practices or adding new treatment technologies for achieving the target arsenic removal.
In the panel, we focus on a discussion on the overall issue of technology adaptation for community based safe drinking water provisions to meet the challenges of SDG 6.1 in arsenic affected areas. In this panel we would focus on: