Running dry: tackling the myths about urban water and sanitation

Myths are holding back universal access to water and sanitation in cities in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and South Asia, a policy brief by Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) revealed. Neil Jeffery, chief executive of WSUP, said that the organization has identified five myths which are stopping investors, agencies and policymakers from properly addressing the inadequate access to essential water and sanitation services in cities across SSA and South Asia. Rapid urban growth and urbanization in SSA and South Asia has the potential to bring enormous benefits to both regions, lifting millions out of poverty, but these regions will only reap the benefits of this massive demographic change if urbanization is managed well, Jeffrey said.