Global mobility, intensive farming and urban developments that have spread into once uninhabitable areas have made water access, use, and reuse, critical areas for International Standards.
Posted on ISO.org | By Barnaby Lewis
It may be hard to imagine, but a vast number of people simply don’t have any drop to drink, let alone sufficient water for cooking, washing or growing food. It’s an injustice that led to a dedicated United Nations sustainable development goal (SDG 6) on clean water and sanitation.
Prominent inclusion in the SDGs underlines the importance of water to the future of our development, as do the three ISO technical committees that deal with different aspects of water. These are: ISO/TC 147, Water quality; ISO/TC 224, Service activities relating to drinking water supply systems and wastewater systems – Quality criteria of the service and performance indicators; and ISO/TC 282, Water reuse.
In common with the SDGs, the work done in these ISO technical committees, and the standards that they are developing (currently, there are more than 80 in the pipeline), go a lot wider than just water, touching on areas from farming and food production to smart cities. Here, we focus on the issue of water reuse: How can International Standards provide guidance that means that water is fit for purpose and used in the right way?