This annual report, coordinated by the Statistics Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), provides a periodic assessment of progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) based on data provided by a large number of international organizations within and outside the United Nations system. The aggregate figures in the report provide an overview of regional progress under the eight goals. Water and sanitation are included in the chapter dedicated to Goal 7.
Israel/Haifa: Cutting water loss by more than half in a rigorous process - Case Study
Introduction Haifa is Israel’s third-largest city with a population of over 250,000. It is in the very north of Israel, close to the border to Lebanon and beautifully situated on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Mei Carmel is a public corporation founded in 2010 as a spin-off from the municipal government with the aim to improving the public service level to the residents of Haifa. Mei Carmel is obliged to invest all the excess profit in water and sanitation infrastructure. The entire pipe network...
Sharing outcomes to support global expansion of Sanitation Services
At SOIL we’re growing a sanitation service in urban Haiti that is setting a global example for how to affordably and sustainable provide safely managed sanitation in rapidly growing urban communities. And we’re extra excited that we’re not the only ones doing this. SOIL is a member of the Container-Based Sanitation Alliance (CBSA), a group formed in 2017 to help address the change of urban sanitation globally by supporting CBS technologies in being adopted by municipalities in their efforts to...
Lessons Learned from Cape Town’s Day Zero Water Crisis
Climate change a major factor, but waste, infrastructure problems, and planning must be examined In early 2018, three years into an unprecedented drought, the South African city of Cape Town found itself facing the possibility that its water taps might simply run dry. Day Zero, the exact day on which that was predicted to happen, varied, but it was generally placed in March or April. The crisis was narrowly averted, but in the aftermath of austerity measures and expensive emergency infrastructure construction,...
Water Crisis Looms in Lima, Peru
Citizens face inequality in access to clean, affordable water as infrastructure upgrades are planned The 10 million residents of Peru’s capital city of Lima are at constant risk of water shortage, and water stress is predicted to become critical by 2025. Lima is the world’s second-largest desert city, receiving less than an inch of rain per year and relying on three rivers for potable water. Complicating water woes, climate change is melting Peru’s tropical glaciers at an “alarming...
India’s Gujarat State Adopts Water Reuse Policy
Move includes wide expansion of wastewater infrastructure and decentralized treatment In May 2018, the government of Gujarat announced it will be the next Indian state to adopt the Reuse of Treated Waste Water Policy, which mandates that all power plants and large industry within 50 km of a sewage treatment plant must use recycled wastewater to relieve the burden on groundwater and surface water resources, such as the Narmada River. Long-term wastewater reuse targets of 70% by 2025 and 100% by 2030 were...