Scores of cities using untreated wastewater, study says

STOCKHOLM – Cities in developing countries around the world are using untreated or partially treated wastewater for agriculture, posing serious health risks to urban consumers, a study released on Monday said. “Irrigating with wastewater isn’t a rare practice limited to a few of the poorest countries,” said researcher Liqa Raschid-Sally, a researcher for the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). “It’s a widespread phenomenon, occurring on 20 million hectares (50 million acres) across the developing world, especially in Asian countries, like China, India and Vietnam, but also around nearly every city of sub-Saharan Africa and in many Latin American cities as well.”

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