Many urban water bodies are polluted and much of the developing world do not have access to proper waste-water collection, treatment and disposal. Asit Biswas argues that we have to develop new financial models for water utilities. He propagates that the household water bill should be 1 percent of the household income which will affect the utilities’ ability to upgrade infrastructure and expand services. The poor who cannot afford to pay can get targeted subsidies.
In addition to advances in technology in desalination, Biswas says the world needs to change its thinking on wastewater. Unless we re use our wastewater, the world’s water problems cannot be solved.
Asit Biswas is a distinguished visiting professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.