World Water Week 2017: Water and waste – reduce and reuse

27 August – 1 September, 2017

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At World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, IWMI researchers will weigh in on global water issues, contributing to several sessions focused on the 2017 theme Water and waste – reduce and reuse. The Institute figures as a key collaborating partner in this year’s event, which is organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).  It provides an opportunity for scientists, policy makers and representatives of the private sector and civil society to foster new thinking and collaborative action on today’s most pressing water-related challenges.

Crop irrigation with untreated wastewater

A major health and environmental menace

The use of wastewater to irrigate crops is far more widespread than previously estimated, according to a new study, exposing hundreds of millions of people to health risks and posing a major environmental hazard.

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Making the most of agriculture’s only expanding resource

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Rapid urbanization in the developing world is pushing up demand for water and food, while also generating ever larger volumes of wastewater. Especially near cities, farmers are intensifying food production to meet increased demand, often using wastewater to irrigate crops all year round. The serious consequences of this practice, its wide scope and possible solutions are the subject of a new document, which presents key facts and figures to put wastewater issues in perspective.

Water solutions for a changing world

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From Waste to Cash : Fortified excreta pellets for agriculture
In developing country cities like Accra in Ghana, sewage facilities tend to be rudimentary and much human waste is simply dumped into the sea. So converting this into valuable compost...
Why waste human waste? - Josiane Nikiema
'Why waste human waste?' argues Josiane Nikiema of IWMI's Ghana office. Converting septage into valuable compost could help both farmers and urban planners.

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