February 3

Analysis: Is WASH Getting in the Way of Sustainable Cities?

By Rebecca L. Root

Sustainable Development Goal 11 calls for a focus on building “safe, resilient, and sustainable” cities. But currently, almost 900 million city dwellers don’t have access to safe water or sanitation.

Kariuki Mugo, director of WASH sector support at Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor, said a lack of good WASH services is standing in the way of achieving global development goals in cities.

“Water and sanitation is a critical driver of every city life,” Mugo said. “When you’re talking about water in cities, you’re talking about people’s lives and also you’re talking about the city economy. So the two quite intersect and interplay very strongly.”

Photo courtesy of 12019.

Source: Devex (link opens in a new window)