Clean water and Sanitation

SDG 6 - Water and Sanitation

SDG 6 aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Availability of enough water and sanitation leads to poverty reduction. People engage in agricultural activities for crop production. The agricultural products are used in both households and selling the products to generate income. Precisely, water is of paramount importance in food security to the general population. 

We need clean water to counter a public health challenge of levels of water stress. In areas where demand exceeds the availability, we are likely to face great challenge of water stress. This threatens progress towards sustainable development.

Sanitation is central in prevention of diseases like diarrhoea, which claims a number of deaths in low and middle-income countries. To prevent these issues, we need appropriate public health measures like health promotion which is emphasized by the World Health Organization. The focus of health promotion on sanitation aspects is of paramount at both community and school levels. The general population needs to do something better to deal with degraded water-related ecosystems and cooperation over transboundary water basins. We will always need good governance to harmonically use these precious resources, which is shared across different geographical boundaries.


Bakar Fakih
PhD student
University of Basel