Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

SDG 3

Good Health and Well-Being 

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SDG 13

Climate Action 

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SDG 14

Life Below Water 

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Research

Collaboration offers improved measurement and environmental impact prediction for watersheds

Collaboration offers improved measurement and environmental impact prediction for watersheds

A new digital platform initiative led by UCalgary in collaboration with IBM pools together data from multiple sources — including sensors, scientists and citizens — to create an accessible information reservoir that will support improved watershed science, policy and management across Canada.

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AWCA

Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA)

These research projects create real-life water situations for a unique research and student learning opportunity. ACWA’s 12 research streams are embedded in the natural environment and receive effluent from the ACWA Research Plant and The City of Calgary’s Pine Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant. The streams allow researchers to better understand the impacts of wastewater effluents on the aquatic ecosystems.

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Teaching, learning and student experience

Water Movement

Water Movement sheds light on injustices facing Indigenous communities under boil-water advisories

Water Movement bridges the connection between Indigenous water operators whose work is vital to the health and well-being of countless communities. Through the joint efforts of industry professionals and UCalgary students, it provides a collaborative online space where operators can connect, share lessons learned and access training videos that act as educational tools. In addition to providing resources and an interactive collaboration zone for those in the industry, Water Movement seeks to raise awareness among the next generation of water leaders.

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Huu-ay-aht First Nations

Mutually beneficial opportunities support research with Huu-ay-aht First Nations

In 2020, the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC) and Huu-ay-aht began constructing a modern wastewater treatment plant that will be owned by the Huu-ay-aht and operated at the BMSC marine station on Vancouver Island. The new facility will incorporate research, experiential learning and educational initiatives, demonstrating the importance of clean water.

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Water reduction
Water reduction

Campus and community impact

Water

Campus

UCalgary is installing low-water use devices in all new buildings and continues to retrofit existing washrooms. Rainwater and recycled water are also used for toilet flushing in multiple buildings. Recycled water from the Central Heating and Cooling plant is also being used for irrigation throughout main campus. Finally, water bottle-refill stations are provided on campus for the use of students, faculty and staff.

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Regional

As a very dry province with a growing population and industry, the pressure on Alberta’s water supplies keeps mounting. The School of Public Policy hosted a panel discussion on the economics of irrigation, water allocation, and the future of water supply and capacity in Alberta. The event explored the Government of Alberta’s decision to support irrigation projects as part of its economic recovery plan, as well as impacts of urban growth, agriculture and industry on water supply.

National

National

Many Indigenous communities across Canada are on drinking water advisories, resulting in their basic rights not being fulfilled and proving the inequity in access to clean water. Canada adopted the UN declaration of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation. Still, we haven’t legislated the right to water in Canada, so there is no legal framework to ensure individual access. UCalgary experts are exploring how we can preserve the future of Alberta’s watersheds by focusing on equity.