Groundwater and sanitation – making the invisible

Seventy-eight-year-old Maloncho Begum received a Disabled Friendly Latrine from GUK and UNICEF under the WASH & Child Protection-Emergency Flood Response Project. Noyon, her daughter, helps her to use the latrine facilities (Bangladesh, 2021).

PHOTO:Bashir Ahmed Sujan.

Groundwater and sanitation – making the invisible


World Toilet Day focuses on the impact of the sanitation crisis on groundwater.

This observance, held annually since 2013, celebrates toilets and raises awareness of the 3.6 billion people living without access to safely managed sanitation. It is about taking action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6: sanitation and water for all by 2030.

The campaign ‘Making the invisible visible’ explores how inadequate sanitation systems spread human waste into rivers, lakes and soil, polluting underground water resources.

However, this problem seems to be invisible. Invisible because it happens underground. Invisible because it happens in the poorest and most marginalized communities. 

Key messages you should know on World Toilet Day

  1. Safe sanitation protects groundwater. Toilets that are properly sited and connected to safely managed sanitation systems, collect, treat and dispose of human waste, and help prevent human waste from spreading into groundwater.
  2. Sanitation must withstand climate change. Toilets and sanitation systems must be built or adapted to cope with extreme weather events, so that services always function and groundwater is protected.
  3. Sanitation action is urgent. We are seriously off track to ensure safe toilets for all by 2030. With only eight years left, the world needs to work four times faster to meet our promise.

Plant The Seed - Unpack Your Thinking

Unveiling Stories

This week we will engage with the Unveiling Stories routine. A routine for revealing multiple layers of meaning. 

Read the brief article about the Rainbow School Project conducted in China. 

What’s the story?

 What is the human story? 

What is the world story? 

What is the new story? 

What is the untold story?

Modelled Thinking

Here is my Unveiling Stories – Bronwyn Joyce The Global Write Creator

Let's Write

Prompt 1

100 Word Challenge

Look closely! Use the picture and write a piece in just 100 words. You can write a story, a description or even a persuasive piece. Upload your writing to The Global Write Wakelet Gallery. Be Creative!

Prompt 2

Who is Rohit Fenn?

Create an informative poster, google slideshow or informative writing piece explained who Rohit Fenn is and what he invented. Here is some information to get you started.

Prompt 3

SDG # 6 Clean Water and Sanitation

What do you know about Clean Water and Sanitation SDG Goal #6?

What do you understand are the problems with clean water and sanitation…

  1. in the world
  2. in your country and
  3. in your community?

How are you doing your part to help?

Wakelet Gallery

Share your stories, thinking and posters with us at our Global Write Wakelet Gallery.

World Toilet Day and the SDGs

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