How does sanitation factor into the human right to water?

Access to adequate sanitation is an important part of the human right to water (in fact, it’s sometimes called the “human right to water and sanitation”). This is because the two are so closely related.

On a personal level, we require both clean water and adequate sanitation facilities to live a healthy life in dignity. Without the one, the other is not effective. Unsafe sanitation practices contaminate clean water sources, and hygienic behavior (and therefore effective use of sanitation facilities) is impossible without clean water.

Every DIGDEEP project includes a sanitation and hygiene focus. Tools and techniques to encourage adequate sanitation and hygiene vary by location. Learn more on our What We Do page >

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