Online Course on Partnerships for Water Supply and Sanitation

UNESCO-IHE offers high-quality online courses in an increasing number of topics of interest in the water sector. The innovative delivery format makes learning exciting, flexible, interactive and effective.

Fecal Waste - Asia's Urgent Urban Problem

Fecal sludge is one of the biggest urban problems in developing countries. The urban environment is awash in untreated human waste, with severe public health and environmental consequences. Watch the video.

Bill Gates Drinks Water Made From Poo

Bill Gates recently got to check out the Omniprocessor, an ingenious machine designed and built by Janicki Bioenergy, which turns human waste into water and electricity. In places without good waste treatment plants, it could be a real game-changer.

2nd Technical Workshop: Sanitation Safety Plan

Improper disposal of waste significantly contributes to environment degradation and water pollution. Sanitation safety planning can help address these challenges.

ADB-Funded Wastewater Treatment Plant Turned Over to Manila Community

A $60,000 wastewater treatment facility was turned over to a Manila barangay in the first project of its kind to be managed by the community. The facility in Barangay 672, beside Estero de Paco, was funded under a grant from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and implemented by the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC).


20 Oct 2014

"Building new toilets alone is not enough to improve public health," says Jingmin Huang, Senior Urban Development Specialist of the Asian Development Bank in an interview with Deutsche Welle, the German international broadcaster.

According to Ms. Huang, governments in Asia and the Pacific region need to invest around $71 billion to ensure all citizens have access to improved sanitation. Building toilets, however, is not enough as it is crucial that systems to treat sludge and wastewater are in place in order to achieve the full health and environmental benefits that toilets can provide.

Read the full interview here





The Asian Development Bank (ADB), through its Water Operational Plan 2011-2020, is committed to increase the coverage of sanitation, hygiene and wastewater management in the region. The priority outcomes are: expanded wastewater management and reuse, expanded knowledge and capacity development using technology and innovation more directly, and enhanced partnerships with the private sector.

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