The Sustainable Development Goals call for poverty reduction, equity, and sustainable development. Lack of sanitation undermines these through preventable illness that takes people out of schools and the workplace.

Almost 1 billion people defecate in the open, and approximately 2.4 billion people do not have access to proper sanitation. Failing or inadequate septic, collection, and treatment systems further exacerbate poor water quality conditions worldwide.

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