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Preserve the water for World Water Day!

As every year on March 22nd, takes place World Water Day, for 25 years now! This year’s theme is “Nature is water”. Water is at the heart of today’s issues and is an integral part of sustainable development. From food to energy security, water contributes to improved social well-being and equitable growth.

Some key figures:

  • According to WHO (World Health Organisation) / UNICEF, 1.8 billion people around the world use a source of drinking water that is contaminated with faeces, exposing them to cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.
  • According to WHO, 844 million people in the world lack even a basic drinking-water service, including 159 million people who are dependent on surface water.

Access to water: an imperative for some populations

In our developed countries, we are already facing the problem of access to drinking water with climate change that will make this commodity rare, even at home, even if we are not yet aware of it. Our old sanitation facilities cause detectors to deposit 1,000 billion liters of water each year. The yield is 79.3% (= the percentage of water arriving at destination), i.e. 20% loss of drinking water in France. 1 liter out of 5 of drinking water is lost. It is for this reason that WéCo was created: to save drinking water while allowing the use of flush toilets, without waste, increasing our ecological impact to the maximum.

This water resource, a wealth that we do not measure, we waste it purposely. WeCo’s ambition is to put an end to this waste and to offer products and solutions to emerging countries that might not allow the luxury of such waste.

UN Sustainable Development Goal 6, which aims to ensure access for all to water and sanitation, aims to reduce the share of wasted water.

This is the case of South Africa which, following successive episodes of drought and poor management of the reserves will suffer a total shortage of water from April 21, day already nicknamed the “Day Zero”.

Initiatives for the implementation of non-sewered sanitation solutions

To solve this problem, a think tank (project committee 305) is currently working on a new international ISO standard for non-sewered sanitary systems aiming at standardizing innovative technologies in response to the problem of water in the world. This committee was set up following international consultation launched by Bill & Melinda Gates “Reinvent the toilet” for proposals for innovative toilets allowing the elimination of pathogens contained in wastewater without resorting to traditional infrastructures. A first draft was published last January. WeCo is actively involved in these exchanges and it is an opportunity for us to renew our commitment to international companies and NGOs to allow people in developing countries to benefit from sanitary facilities that meet their needs and to raise awareness in the developed countries about this problem that will affect us one day or the other if we do not put in place right now safeguards.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to go on: http://www.iso.org