The United  Nations General Assembly (UNGA) recognized access to safe drinking water and sanitation as a human right in 2010; in 2015 it specified a distinction between the human right to safe drinking water and the human right t...
November 13, 2017
The Public Water and Sanitation Company of Quito, EPMAPS Agua de Quito, has been providing water and sanitation services to Ecuador’s capital for 57 years. Today we serve more than 2.4 million residents of the Metropolitan Distr...
November 12, 2017
Back in 2004, the founders of Facebook launched their service to a select group of university students. Thirteen years later and the social network platform has 2 billion users per month, revolutionizing how we communicate and int...
November 9, 2017
A few years ago I saw the CEO of an Australian water utility talk about managing water supply in a period of unprecedented water scarcity. She said a key element of the utility’s success in changing consumer behavior and reducin...
Photo: Janicki Omniprocessor, Dakar, Senegal   The rapid development of the science and technology related to water will have profound impacts on the delivery of the water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While t...
November 6, 2017
In the wake of a successful Open Access Week, advocates from around the globe are celebrating our progress towards ‘openness’. Open Access, Open Source, Open Data, Open Courseware, Open Universities – ‘Openness’ is p...
October 24, 2017
It still surprises people outside of the water sector when they find out that the human rights to water and sanitation (HRWS) were explicitly recognised by the United Nations General Assembly only in 2010. One would think that a h...
October 9, 2017
For all of us who have been working in water for the last 15 years or more, 2015 was year 1, the target year for the Millennium Development Goals. For many countries, the data showed great progress: from 1990 to 2012, 2.3 billion ...
October 6, 2017
Being involved in organising the 8th International Young Water Professional’s Conference has been quite a rollercoaster ride. Initially, everything seemed to be going right – we were awarded a substantial grant by South Africa...