The use of untreated wastewater in low-income countries faces a ‘Catch 22’ situation: it provides critical benefits to poor communities, but this often comes at the expense of unacceptable health and environmental risks. If development donors and policy makers can be encouraged to think out of the box, it will be a win-win for communities and the environment.

UNU-INWEH’s research suggests that shifting from health and environment spending to preventative wastewater treatment programmes, will tap the benefits of wastewater and protect population health and environment.

 

Read the full blog in Portuguese, Spanish and English on the Inter American Development Bank’s website.

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