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Goal 6. Water & Sanitation

ICTs for a Sustainable World


Clean Water and Sanitation

ICTs will play a crucial role in ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. ICTs are particularly important in terms of smart water management, facilitating the measurement and monitoring of water supplies as well as necessary interventions, and enabling practitioners at the local level to ensure the equitable and sustainable extension of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services.

As the costs of ICTs continues to fall, governments will be able to better integrate ICTs into monitoring and evaluation frameworks – including the open source mapping software Field Level Operations Watch (FLOW). ICTs can be used to mark the location of infrastructure, log how many people use services, and whether services are deteriorating or broken-down.

ICTs can enable shortened response times, reduced travel distances and maintenance costs, optimized operations (production costs, energy efficiency etc.) and improved quality of service.



Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children under five years old account for 90% of the 30,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions.1        

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Case study – Somalia