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Why Water & Sanitation Systems are Vital for the Economy

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Opinion

The writer is Chief Executive Officer, Sanitation and Water for All partnership

The UN will be commemorating World Water Day on Monday March 22. Credit: UN Water LISBON, Mar 21 2021 (IPS) – This World Water Day , we celebrate the value of water, which at first might be a given: after all, water is the basis of all life. Without water we have no health, wealth, equality, or education.

But, do governments adequately prioritize and invest in clean water? The answer, in far too many parts of the world, is a resounding no. As an international community, we are too often blind to the huge cost of failing to serve so many people with the most basic but crucial of services.

Globally, there are still 2.2 billion people without access to safe drinking water and 4.2 billion who don’t have a safe place to go the toilet. Reaching all these people needs three times the current levels of investment, according to the World Bank — to […]

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