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The sanitation challenge

The Hindu, 12 September 2014


Positive examples of sustainable rural sanitation have come from Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim.


The U.N. set the Millennium Development Goals or the MDG between 2000 and 2015. Goals 4 and 7 was to halve the number of people without access to improved water or sanitation. The goal for water is likely to be reached by the deadline but sadly not for sanitation. Unfortunately, in the quest to provide access to facilities for people, the sustainability component was missed. This miss will hopefully be rectified when the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) come into place as the next phase of the MDGs. As estimated by UNICEF and WHO, the burden of bad sanitation for India is the death of over 386,600 children due to water-borne diseases particularly diarrhoea, a crippling physical and mental stunting called enteropathy which disables children from absorbing nutrition, and finally the loss to the economy amounting to 6.50 per cent of the GDP in 2012 as per an estimate of the Water and Sanitation Programme of the World Bank.


What is sustainable water supply and sanitation? A global network of individuals and institutions which have come together under the banner of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance ( tries to answer this in the following manner. Sustainable sanitation is defined as that which is universally accessible, is used by all, that which lasts and that where the waste products are safely disposed, if not productively used. Read more....