Improved but unsustainable: accounting for sachet water in post‐2015 goals for global safe water
The advent and rapid spread of sachet drinking water in West Africa presents a new challenge for providing sustainable access to global safe water. Sachet water has expanded drinking water access and is often of sufficient quality to serve as an improved water source for Millennium Development Goals (MDG) monitoring purposes, yet sachets are an unsustainable water delivery vehicle due to their overwhelming plastic waste burden. Monitoring of primary drinking water sources in West Africa generally ignores sachet water, despite its growing ubiquity. Sub‐Saharan Africa as a region is unlikely to meet the MDG Target for drinking water provision, and post‐2015 monitoring activities may depend upon rapid adaptability to local drinking water trends.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA; Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA
Publication date: 2012-12-01