World Toilet Day

Toilet Day on 19 November gets promoted every year via social media campaigns, online petitions, and by getting involved in a range of events held in different countries worldwide. More people in the world have a mobile phone than a toilet and of the seven billion people in the world six billion have mobile phones. The contrast to this is that only 4.5 billion people have access to toilets or latrines – implying that 2.5 billion people, mostly in rural areas, do not have proper sanitation.

World Toilet Day is about the 2.5 billion people who lack access to improved sanitation and the millions of children whose prospects are compromised by poor sanitation.

The Water Research Commission (WRC) of South Africa is currently engaging in key strategic initiatives around sanitation research. Full waterborne sanitation coverage is difficult to attain for most developing countries nor is it recommended. For many years the Ventilated Improved Latrine or VIP has been considered the accepted basic standard for sanitation provision in South Africa. New toilet designs are needed which do not place the user above a pit. Many new design ideas are being explored by the WRC and others. There are numerous technologies in the market today. Some of these technologies include package plants and other innovations that use of combination or hybridisation of different treatment process. Through the Sanitation Innovation Challenge “SanIC”, the WRC was, on behalf of the Department of Water and Sanitation, to collate information regarding different technologies and innovations available in the country.

Updating the Water JPI SRIA

We are currently updating the Water JPI Strategic Research and innovation Agenda (SRIA 2.0) and we need your input. To submit your proposed Research and Development Needs/Gaps to the SRIA, please complete the Online Template available here

For background information:

WWater JPI SRIA 2.0ater JPI SRIA 2.0

This publication sets out specific RDI priorities or areas where RDI measures are highly recommended within five main themes. It will be implemented during the period 2016-2019.


An introduction Water JPI SRIA

An Introduction to the Water JPI SRIA

Short version of the Water JPI Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.
Read more about the identified research priorities for the future.


Water JPI key achievements 2011-2016

This publication presents the ten main goals achieved by the initiative till now.



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Water JPI Interface

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