World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water. This year’s theme: Why waste water? in support of SDG 6.3 on improving water quality and reducing, treating and reusing wastewater.
Globally, the vast majority of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature without being treated or reused – polluting drinking and bathing and irrigation and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials.
Reducing and safely treating and reusing wastewater, for example in agriculture and aquaculture, protects worker, farmers and consumers promotes food security, health and wellbeing.
As the global development community commemorate World Water Day under the theme “Wastewater”. Not only is it an opportunity to highlight the linkages between wastewater management and the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs), but also an occasion to focus on the African Development Bank’s new approaches to turn waste water into a source of wealth.
The AfDB will also participate, alongside financial and technical partners, in an event to be organized for the occasion by the Ivorian Government on March 23, 2017 in Abidjan, the economic capital. During this event, the Bank will showcase its flagship wastewater management projects in Côte d’Ivoire and support efforts by the Ivorian authorities to provide better wastewater management in the country.