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Wastewater

Access to safe water supply and adequate sanitation remains a key global challenge for sustainable development, and is linked with poverty eradication, social equity and human wellbeing. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development also includes “water and sanitation” as a dedicated goal (SDG 6) that sets out to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.” Under SDG 6, improvement of water quality is included, with an expected outcome of halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally by 2030.

In Asia, organic pollution and eutrophication are still commonly observed in water bodies, especially in highly populated urban areas. Such pollution problems, which vary in severity from area to area, impact on the wellbeing of local populations. Recognizing the importance of wastewater management to address pollution issues, WEPA decided to further promote information and knowledge-sharing on wastewater management both in the domestic and industrial sectors, which should be designed with local needs, conditions, and capacity in mind.

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