World has met the Millennium Development Goal target of halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water, well in advance of the MDG 2015 deadline, according to this report by UNICEF & WHO.

The objective of the study was to determine how data on water source quality affect assessments of progress towards the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target on access to safe drinking-water.

The office of the Water Board was flooded with complaints regarding the tariff hike and the poor quality of water, during the Prajavani programme held in the main office at Khairatabad on Monday.

With various political parties championing the issue, the acute drinking water problem here has once again come to the fore.

They are pressing for immediate implementation of the Thalayazham drinking water project for which. the LDF government had sanctioned Rs.26 crore. Meanwhile, Irrigation Minister P.J. Joseph has called for a review meeting of the various projects in February. Interestingly, the agitation by the CPI(M) falls on the same day on which the local MLA, K. Ajith of the CPI, had called a review meeting of the project.

This paper is an overview of the issues surrounding India’s water scarcity, and also comparison of clean water standards
between developing and developed nations.

The WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP) monitors progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target to halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.

Economic criteria shape investments in drinking-water supply systems and services. Yet, often they may be defined in a narrow sense and economic returns may be evaluated in strictly financial terms. The result is an emphasis on large, urban infrastructural works.

This document provides a framework to support improved access to safe water for low-income communities through the enhancement of water facilities. It is intended to help WaterAid’s partner organisations in Nepal deliver safe water facilities to the communities they work with.

This fourth edition of the World Health Organization’s Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality builds on over 50 years of guidance by WHO on drinking-water quality, which has formed an authoritative basis for the setting of national regulations and standards for water safety in support of public health.
 

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