Wastewater Research

Successful examples of policies and legislations for regulating wastewater management

The 2017 theme for World Water Day ‘Wastewater’, and the new 2030 Agenda (i.e. Sustainable Development Goal 6.3 Water quality and wastewater) both underline that wastewater management is one of the biggest challenges to better protect human and ecosystem health. Although in most countries, wastewater management has lower priority than water provision, there is an urgent need to promote effective wastewater treatment and disposal, and to encourage the protection of aquatic receiving ecosystems. For these reasons, WaterLex aims to feature the 2015 publication: “Good Practices for Regulating Wastewater Treatment: Legislation, Policies and Standards”, a UNEP and WaterLex joint publication. This e-book features successful cases for regulating wastewater management in six countries: Argentina, Australia, Finland, Jordan, Singapore and South Africa.

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Human rights obligations and civil society commitments

Environmental awareness and lagoon-based wastewater treatment plants

Local and transboundary cooperation for wastewater management

Policy effectiveness and increasing treated wastewater reuse

A unique holistic approach to water resource management

A human rights-based approach to wastewater management