MUST HAVES – WATER

In order to help meet internationally agreed objectives and ensure access to water for all users and the supply of adequate quantities of water of adequate quality in equilibrium with the limitations of ecosystems, while sharing information with society in a transparent fashion, Brazil should work, by 2020, to prioritize:

  • conserving and protecting water sources;
  • encouraging rational use, re-use, substantial reduction in wastage during distribution, and appropriate disposal of liquid effluents;
  • managing supply [1] and demand with a view to achieving water security [2] and ensuring multiple use of water;
  • helping to improve the effectiveness of local river basin committees, involving all users, including governments, businesses and civil society;
  • extending the supply of basic sanitation in the country, with a view to providing universal coverage.

 

[1] In this case, the management of supply involves both ensuring access to water and flood prevention.

[2] Water security is understood to mean the availability of an acceptable quantity of water of acceptable quality for health, livelihoods, ecosystems and production, in such a way as to ensure that the risks associated with water to people, the economy and the environment also remain at acceptable levels (GWP, 2012).