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14 May 2010

Sick Water?

A global water quality crisis threat to human health and welfare. There are many causes driving the water crisis. Population growth, urbanization, rapid industrialization and expanding or intensifying of food production are giving pressure on water resources. Also, increasing the unregulated or illegal discharge of contaminated water has occurred in many countries and often goes far beyond national borders (UNEP-GRID Arendal,2010).

It is clear that freshwater resources and coastal ecosystems worldwide are increasingly threatened.

The causes of water crisis grow exponentially, if you are not able to understand, they could be threatening the sustainability of our planet. As Albert Bartlett, Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado-Boulder, while assessing the sustainability of our planet, wrote [1]: "The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function."

Fears of the crisis have driven the solution to meet the future demands for water through the revolution of waste water management.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), and the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), in partnership with the members of the UN Water have collaborated to bring together on their collective experience and expertise to bear on the challenges posed by illegal and unregulated wastewater [2]:

"Sick water? The central role of the wastewater management in sustainable development not only identifies the threats to human and ecological health and the consequences of inaction, but also presents opportunities, nowhere appropriate policy and management responses over the short and longer term employment trigger cans, support livelihoods, boost in public and ecosystem health and water contribute to more intelligent management. "

Go to read free e-book: UNEP-GRID Arendal: Sick water? The central role of wastewater management in sustainable development

Image and e-book sources: UNEP-GRID Arendal

1. Dr. Albert Bartlett, 1998.Arithmetic, Population, and Energy, Proceedings of the Energy Symposium,, retrieved: 10/05/2010
2. UNEP -GRID Arendal: Sick water? The central role of wastewater management in sustainable development,

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