Published by ODI.

The world is transforming in many different ways.

These shifts – from climate change, to migration, to new technology and urbanisation – will have a significant impact on the management of water resources and related services such as sanitation. This impact will be both positive and negative, throwing up a variety of new opportunities and challenges, for people and economies.

But how can we make the most of the opportunities and face the challenges?

Here, we outline 10 things to know about the future of water and sanitation up to 2030, to do just that.

  1. 5.2 Billion people will need better sanitation by 2030
  2. Poor people will need to be served firstInfographic: POOR PEOPLE WILL NEED TO BE SERVED FIRST
  3. Demand will increase; supply will get more variableInfographic: DEMAND WILL INCREASE; SUPPLY WILL GET MORE VARIABLE
  4. Quality will matter as much as quantityInfographic: QUALITY WILL MATTER AS MUCH AS QUANTITY
  5. Water, conflict and migration will be increasingly linked.Infographic: WATER, CONFLICT AND MIGRATION WILL BE INCREASINGLY LINKED
  6. Water and sanitation will secure inclusive growth.Infographic: WATER AND SANITATION WILL SECURE INCLUSIVE GROWTH
  7. Small cities will drive innovation for billions. Infographic: SMALL CITIES WILL DRIVE INNOVATION FOR BILLIONS
  8. Energy and the internet will reshape water use.Infographic: ENERGY AND THE INTERNET WILL RESHAPE WATER USE
  9. Joined-up spending will meet the needs of the most vulnerable. Infographic: JOINED-UP SPENDING WILL MEET THE NEEDS OF THE MOST VULNERABLE
  10. Companies with the long view will prosper.Infographic: COMPANIES WITH THE LONG VIEW WILL PROSPER



This publication is accompanied by the working paper Future flows: global trends to watch on water and sanitationPhoto: Dean Hochman (CC BY 2.0)