Today is World Toilet Day, to inspire action to end the global sanitation crises with over 2.5 billion people that do not have access to basic toilets.

On the occasion of today’s event, Dutch foundation Aqua for All and not-for-profit organisation World Waternet call upon the global sanitation sector to provide tips for potential candidates for the two Sarphati sanitation awards 2019.

One award is for a promising entrepreneur and a second one is for a life time achievement.

dws-world-toilet-day-sarphati-winners-2017-350px  Winners of the previous Sarphati awards at the Amsterdam International Water Week in 2017.

Decentralized solutions
The Sarphati sanitation awards 2019 will be handed out for the fourth time during the Amsterdam International Water Week in November next year.

The theme of 2019 is integrated, decentralized sanitation solutions for urban context: affordable systems that bridge the gap between wastewater & human waste collection, and transportation & recycling/re-use of materials.

Next Sarphati
The award is called after doctor Samuel Sarphati (1813 – 1866) who lived in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and initiated several projects to improve the quality of life in the city and the health of its inhabitants.

This included the introduction of the collection of faeces in the city, to be used outside of the city as fertilizer to grow tomatoes.

Aqua for all and World Waternet call upon the next Sarphati: an entrepreneur and innovator who forced a breakthrough for an integrated system with a clear Sanitation Value Chain strategy.

dws-world-toilet-day-sarphati-ernes-350pxDirector Sjef Ernes of Aqua for All announcing the 2019-awards at the AIWW-Summit in Rotterdam on 15 November.

When nature calls….
This years theme of the World Toilet Day is ‘When nature calls…’. Human faeces, on a massive scale, is not being captured or treated – contaminating the water and soil that sustain human life.

‘We are turning our environment into an open sewer’, warns director Sjef Ernes of Aqua for All. ‘We must build toilets and sanitation systems that work in harmony with ecosystems. The Sarphati Sanitation Awards 2019 are all about integrated, decentralized sanitation solutions for urban context: affordable systems.’

Ernes continues: ‘With his entrepreneurial spirit doctor Sarphati was able to demonstrate that money could be made by collecting and moving human waste out of the city. He knew how to link different public and private parties and inspire others to become involved and continue contributing to finding sustainable solutions to the sanitation challenge.’

In this spirit, Aqua for All and World Waternet seek nominees for the Sarphati sanitation awards 2019. The deadline for submissions is 1 July 2019.

This 4th edition of the Sarphati awards is organized in cooperation with the Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).

Read more details on the awards: www.aquaforall.org/sarphati.

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More information
Aqua for all
The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 7200 870

World Waternet
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Video presentation on the Dutch diamond approach of the sanitation issue, as shown for the first time at AIWW Summit in Rotterdam on 15 November.