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Co-ordinated action needed now to avoid sky-rocketing water & wastewater costs

It is nothing new that the pipeline network has a huge backlog in Norway. There will soon be a doubling and tripling of water and sewage charges to clear the backlog. Norsk Vann estimates that the annual municipal rates for water and sewage for Oslo households will double to almost NOK 10,000 in 2040. According to the same long-term plan, residents of Innlandet, Nordland, and Romsdal would pay the most expensive water and sewerage tax in 2040, between NOK 20,000 and 30,000.

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Trained hygiene promoters from UNICEF community partner MOSEP test water sources. Credit: UNICEF

How digital technologies contribute to universal drinking water access

Digital water technologies have an important role in ensuring universal access to safe drinking water by 2030, that’s according to a new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF, and the World Bank. Johnny Alexander Gunneng, chief executive officer at InfoTiles shares his insights and comments on how technologies are helping now.

Two billion more people have gained access to safe drinking water in the past two decades, according to the report. However, the report also shows that the same number are still without access, and an increasingly volatile climate will only heighten water insecurity, disrupt supplies, and devastate communities.

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