Watsan progress – OR NOT

Mon, 26Apr2010

The Guardian posted  whats surly to be controversial article, speaking with Prof Asit Biswas, where he make the statements  leading to the byline Water pollution expert derides UN sanitation claims. The artilce by Juliette Jowit guardian.co.uk,  quotes Prof Biswas  as saying:

"The shadow of a woman collecting drinking water from a communal tap is cast on a wall in the squatter suburb of Kliptown in Johannesburg. Photograph: Saurabh Das/AP"

“If somebody has a well in a town or village in the developing world and we put concrete around the well – nothing else – it becomes an ‘improved source of water’; the quality is the same but you have ‘improved’ the physical structure, which has no impact,” said Biswas. “They are not only underestimating the problem, they are giving the impression the problem is being solved. What I’m trying to say is that’s a bunch of baloney.”

This is in apparent frustration to reports fro the UN

according to Juliette Jowit : ‘In its latest report on the progress of the UN Millennium Development Goal to halve the proportion of people lacking access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation, the World Health Organisation said that since 1990 1.3 billion people had gained access to improved drinking water and 500 million better sanitation. The world was on course to “meet or exceed” the water target, it said, but was likely to miss the sanitation goal by nearly 1 billion people.’

I assume people in the field will  be backing Prof Asit Biswas, while I fear those in the mas media and in power will take the UN finding at face value,  diminishing the focus of the on  Watsan  and millennium goals.

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