How to Improve Health Globally – It’s Easier than You Think

The health of our worlds citizens needs improvement. Even industrialized, first world countries, like the United States, have had issues with polluted water, endangering the public waterways and making our citizens sick. This begs the question how do we improve health globally? Well, it’s probably easier than we think, but it will take effort and a long term strategy. If we can improve our sanitation, we can improve the survival rate of our world’s citizens.With water-related diseases responsible for 80% of all illnesses and deaths in developing countries it’s time to take a step back think about what we can do now. ­­

The demand for efficient, reliable and low-cost wastewater treatment systems is increasing around the world, especially in highly populated urban regions. In these densely populated areas, sufficient wastewater treatment systems often do not exist and unmonitored discharge of wastewater endangers the health and pollutes local water resources. The need for efficient wastewater treatment was ignored by many public authorities for many decades.  As a result, the performance of existing treatment technologies and the conditions of sanitation facilities are poor. Traditional centralized wastewater treatment systems are increasingly demonstrating environmental, economic and social limitations that can’t continue to be ignored.

Decentralized wastewater treatment systems (DEWATS) offer the possibility of relatively swift sanitation improvements in high priority neighborhoods that communities can manage themselves. A decentralized system is an on-site or cluster wastewater system that is used to treat and dispose of relatively small volumes of wastewater, generally originating from individual or groups of dwellings and businesses that are located relatively close together. They work well in rural, suburban and urban settings and can be an effective option for protecting public health and the environment if properly designed, installed, and managed.

Advantages of Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems:

  • Provides treatment for domestic and industrial wastewater

  • Low initial investment costs as no imported materials or components are needed

  • Green and sustainable

  • Benefiting water quality and availability

  • Use energy and land wisely

  • Safe in protecting the environment, public health, and water quality

  • Responding to growth while preserving green space

  • Modular design of all components

  • Tolerant towards inflow fluctuations

  • Reliable and long-lasting construction design

  • Low maintenance costs

Community-managed Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems can be effective for serving poor communities where the appropriate type of system is built well in the right location, the number of users is optimized and sustained, and there is shared responsibility with the government for operation and maintenance.

Community-managed Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems should be developed as part of a broader city sanitation plan. They can deliver substantial benefits and enable far-reaching changes in environmental health and personal behavior in urban areas otherwise likely to remain unserved.

With advanced wastewater treatments available that can be easily installed and are cost effective, it's time to take action and help increase our global sanitation efforts.

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