The human right to water and sanitation

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Water and sanitation are fundamental human rights, and the first priority should be to ‘connect’ those who so far have remained unconnected, unserved, and disadvantaged. We shouldn’t think of people as users or consumers of a service, but as rights holders whose rights need to be fulfilled equally for all.

While nobody would dispute this principle, the reality is that there are limited resources, a high lifecycle cost of water and sanitation services, and many social, cultural, economic and historic barriers that constrain poor and disadvantaged people in their quest for better services and a better life.

Read more in The Guardian, WSSCC Partner Zone,

Date: 15 July 2015
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