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City-Wide Sanitation: The Urban Sustainability Challenge

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To reach the universally safely managed sanitation goal (Sustainable Development Goal 6.2) for urban areas in the global South, it will be necessary to move beyond the infrastructure-focused approach of conventional sewerage. Providing equitable and sustainable services requires an integrated approach that ...

To reach the universally safely managed sanitation goal (Sustainable Development Goal 6.2) for urban areas in the global South, it will be necessary to move beyond the infrastructure-focused approach of conventional sewerage. Providing equitable and sustainable services requires an integrated approach that affects basic service provision including water supply, sanitation, drainage and solid waste management. Sustainable services must address the entire sanitation service chain, offer robust service-based business models, and be affordable for the people living at the base of the pyramid (BOP). Donors, governments and utilities need to place greater emphasis on off-network solutions in the form of on-site sanitation systems and their associated services to overcome the urban sustainability challenge.

In this Research Topic, we welcome papers critically evaluating existing alternative approaches to urban sanitation, introducing new city-wide equitable sanitation concepts and solutions and providing policy guidance towards adequate, equitable and safely managed urban sanitation services. We welcome scientists and practitioners from different fields: urban development, environmental engineering and business innovations. Reviews, papers and policy briefs that address policy implications are also welcome.

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Keywords: urban sanitation, basic services, SDG6, urban water infrastructure, wastewater treatment


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