WaterTalk: Achieving SDG safely managed sanitation services and its implications

Thursday, November 16, 2023 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)


As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture seriesDr. Caetano DoreaProfessor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Victoria, will present: Achieving SDG safely managed sanitation services and its implications.

This event is in person in DC 1302 with a lunch reception to follow in DC 1301 (The Fishbowl).

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To celebrate World Toilet Day (November 19th) this talk will be themed around Sustainable Development Goal 6.2 which is to achieve universal and equitable access to safely managed sanitation services by 2030. Even if we were on track to achieve this goal, it is unlikely this could be done through centralised sewered sanitation systems. Most of the global population are serviced by non-sewered sanitation systems such as pit latrines and septic systems. I will share some of the research that the Public Health & Environmental Engineering (PH2E) Lab is doing on this theme to better understand these highly used (but rarely researched) sanitation systems and the design and policy implications this could have.

Speaker bio

Caetano Dorea
Dr. Caetano Dorea's interests and expertise are at the crossroads of environmental and public health engineering. This includes the development and evaluation of water and sanitation/wastewater technologies, field- and operator-appropriate water/wastewater/ faecal sludge quality analytical methods, and functional ecology characterisation of biological treatment systems for safeguarding the health of the public and the environment. Dr. Dorea's activities are focused mainly on “low-resource contexts” which are ubiquitous in low- to high-income countries. These projects range from the development of methods for the online monitoring and control of disinfection by products in small Canadian municipalities to the delivery of safe water and sanitation for humanitarian relief. Dr. Dorea leads the PH2E Lab and the #WASHCanada NSERC CREATE programme out of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Victoria (Victoria, BC).

The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are visiting, studying or working at Waterloo. If you have questions concerning access or wish to request accommodations for this event, please contact Julie Grant (j26grant@uwaterloo.ca)