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Groundwater Protection and Sanitation

SamplingInadequate sanitation often leads to contamination of vital groundwater resources. Source: BGR

The UN proclaimed the year 2008 as the International Year of Sanitation (IYS). This aims at directing the public attention towards the large number of people that do not have access to sanitation services what leads to considerable health threats for these people. This lack of sanitation also provokes problems for the quality of groundwater resources, as dissipating waste water can pollute aquifers that often are important for the drinking water supply.

BGR is part of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), an alliance of international organisations concerned with sanitation aspects. As part of this initiative, BGR focuses on the relationship between groundwater protection and sanitation.

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