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Eliminate free-riders to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6

To achieve SDG 6, water and sanitation utilities must be financially sound. To increase their financial resources, utilities must both increase efficiency — do more with less — and find ways to increase their total cash inflows. In many countries operations and maintenance of combined systems are often funded solely by tariffs charged to sewerage customers, meaning that stormwater beneficiaries get a free ride — that they do not pay for the stormwater services they receive or the flooding that the impervious surfaces that they own help cause. Charging stormwater combined system beneficiaries create an additional cash-stream that would help cities to sustainably manage their combined systems — helping them to achieve their SDG 6 commitment.

https://medium.com/@john.sitton/eliminate-free-riders-to-help-achieve-sustainable-development-goal-6-24b316d4ff43

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Adopting “Condo” law could help to ensure sustainable management of water utility infrastructure

Condominiums in the United States must maintain financial reserves to repair and replace their infrastructure. By adopting similar laws, water and sanitation utilities — especially those in low-income and low-middle-income countries which cannot handle the financial shock of unplanned major infrastructure repairs or replacements – could help to ensure sustainability of their services.

https://medium.com/@john.sitton/adopting-condo-law-could-help-to-ensure-sustainable-management-of-water-utility-infrastructure-ca8acc7d8577

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Creating a virtuous circle – addressing GHG emissions from landfills and WWTPs enhances environmental and human health

Poor waste management practices contribute not only to human and environmental health problems but also to global warming. This article describes how relatively small investments would pay off in decreased greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhanced human and ecosystem health by lowering fecal (and other) pollution in both groundwater and surface water.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/creating-virtuous-circle-addressing-ghg-emissions-from-joe-atchue