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New technology and knowledge-sharing essential to meet growing sanitation crisis
With increasing urban populations, a sanitation crisis is growing. A large amount of water is used in flushing human waste away in the method even as large numbers do not have access to toilets while cities across the world are reeling from a water shortage.

"New technology and knowledge-sharing are essential to ensure that urban communities learn from each other and come up with solutions that are sustainable," said Suresh Rohilla, CSE's Water Programme Director in a press release. He was speaking at the India-South Africa Knowledge Sharing Workshop on Sustainable Water Solutions for Future.

The knowledge-sharing workshop brought together key functionaries from Water Research Commission - WRC, the knowledge centre for water-related innovation in South Africa, RAND Water (the largest bulk water utility in Africa), South Africa Department of Science and Technology and South Africa Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation.

Participants from India included representatives from the Ministry of Urban  Development, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Ministry of Water Resources, state  governments and  urban local bodies, leading academics, researchers and independent experts involved in sustainable water-wastewater/septage management.

The workshop focus was on mainstreaming fecal waste management and mainstreaming water-sensitive urban design and planning-opportunities and challenges.

Discussing technology for eliminating waste at the source, Dhesigen Naidoo from WRC said the provision of full waterborne systems may not be realistic or achievable in the short term, and even in the long term in many developing countries.

A CSE analysis said that for the past many years, countries of the developing world were struggling to find solutions to the immediate problems of poverty, hunger, water  scarcity, pollution and climate change. It was important, therefore, to interlink global experience.

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