SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:07:56 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb Re: ~500,000 households in the U.S.A. lack adequate water and sanitation - by: muench
It was actually a coincidence as I was looking at some great edits which one of our edit-a-thon participants made on Wikipedia. This person added information and links to WASHwatch to country water profile articles - WASHwatch is a convenient website that makes data from JMP and other sources easily available at a country level.

So for the country water profile article on Wikipedia about the U.S. it says here:

About 2.7 million people in the U.S. still lack access to "improved" water as of 2015. In the same year, 36 million people lacked accessed to "improved" sanitation.[96][97]

36 million!!? Really? Wow.

However, I thought let me double check what the figures for Germany say on the same website. So I went here:
and it says 100,000 people lacking access to improved water sources in Germany and 644,000 lacking access to improved sanitation. Half a million. So I wonder a bit how this figure came about. Would this perhaps be counting the homeless people in Germany? Or nowadays perhaps also those in refugee homes while their claims for asylum are being assessed (i.e. using shared toilets)? It's more than I expected that's for sure.

Anyway, just thought this data about the situation in wealthy countries was interesting.

If you have questions about WASHWatch you can also ask here on the forum where they have posted before:


P.S. I have corrected the thread title, it was "500,000 people" but should be "500,000 households" as Daniel (ddiba) pointed out.]]>
Human right to water and sanitation Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:46:52 +0000
Comprehensive handbook on Human Rights to WASH by Catarina de Albuquerque - by: Carol McCreary Realising the human rights to water and sanitation: A handbook was prepared by Catarina de Albuquerque, the United Nations' first Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation.

A product of six years of work, the goal of the handbook is to explain the meaning and legal obligations of these rights and to translate complex technical and legal language into accessible information. Designed for a broad audiences in the Global South and North, the information should be useful to civil society sanitation advocates, human right organizations, national and local offcials, service providers, and other stakeholders. Handbook objectives are to:
  • clarify the meaning of the human rights to water and sanitation;
  • explain the obligations that arise from these rights;
  • provide guidance on implementing the human rights to water and sanitation;
  • share some examples of good practice and show how these rights are being implemented;
  • explore how States can be held to account for delivering on their obligations; and
  • provide its users with checklists, so they can assess how far they are complying with the human rights to water and sanitation.
The target audiences for this Handbook are governments at all levels, donors and national regulatory bodies. It provides information that will also be useful to other local, regional and international stakeholders, including civil society, service providers and human rights organizations.

The Handbook consists of nine booklets, each available for free download.
  1. Introduction
  2. Frameworks (Legislative, regulatory and policy frameworks)
  3. Financing (Financing, budgeting and budget-tracking)
  4. Services (Planning processes, service providers, service levels and settlements)
  5. Monitoring
  6. Justice (Access to justice)
  7. Principles (Non-discrimination, equality, information, participation, sustainability)
  8. Checklists
  9. Sources (Glossary, Bibliography, Index)
The checklists in Booklets 2-7, which are consolidated in Booklet 8, allow officials and other actors to assess whether the State is complying with the requirements of the human rights to water and sanitation.

Currently available in English, Arabic, French, Spanish and Portuguese, the Handbook is is conveniently laid out in screen readable landscape format. The checklists allow people in jurisdictions that feel that WASH human rights area already protected to actually show that this is the case. It's available for free download here:

A shorter companion work is Making Rights Real: Clarifying human rights to local government officials It was prepared by WaterAid to help identify and mobilize WASH champions in local communities. It helps pratitioners and civil society groups explain the human rights framework to the local government officials. The three-piece guide is available here in French, English and Portuguese. Unfortunately, the dark colors and fonts make the Pocket Guide and mini-poster hard to read and expensive to print out. The Manual is better but since it's in vertical "portrait" format, it's difficult to read on most screens.

It would be great to have those who use Catarina de Albuquerque lengthly and usefully formatted work as well as Water Aid's materials review them here to help guide the work of other Forum members.]]>
Human right to water and sanitation Sat, 17 Dec 2016 16:50:23 +0000
Re: ~500,000 people in the U.S.A. lack adequate water and sanitation - by: ddiba
It actually turns out that the numbers may be much higher than 500k since the article says;
Nearly half a million households in the United States lack the basic dignity of hot and cold running water, a bathtub or shower, or a working flush toilet, according to the Census Bureau.

Depending on household sizes, the affected numbers may be up to a couple of million individuals which is quite a huge problem!

Considering the slow pace of sewer connections and funding problems, I would think there is need to explore much cheaper onsite technologies that are appropriate for the Tyler area which don't depend on soil infiltration.]]>
Human right to water and sanitation Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:10:21 +0000
Re: ~500,000 people in the U.S.A. lack adequate water and sanitation - by: canaday
Good article and big problem. Maybe we can help them somehow.

Something went wrong with the link, but here is the correct one:

Best wishes,
Chris Canaday]]>
Human right to water and sanitation Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:57:00 +0000
~500,000 households in the U.S.A. lack adequate water and sanitation - by: KaiMikkel]]>
Human right to water and sanitation Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:51:11 +0000