Access to clean water and sanitation is a human right. Despite this 650 million people don’t have access to safe water (WaterAid), one third of the global population lack access to basic sanitation (WHO) and 80 percent of illnesses in developing countries are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions (UNDP).
Engineering technology, knowledge and skills will be central to changing this and with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 6 aiming to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” by 2030 the time for action is now.
However, engineering capacity is not evenly distributed throughout the world so at Engineers Without Borders UK we work together with qualified and experienced UK engineers and partner organisations to enhance the engineering capacity of WASH projects.
We do this by delivering appropriate, context driven solutions for communities in need by supporting scalable approaches that increase resources and infrastructure alongside research and development of innovative technologies. These projects are working on issues such as contaminated drinking water, improved sanitation facilities, community sanitation plans and infrastructure for dealing with waste, both fecal and material.