There are tremendous economic gains that can be realized with improved drinking water and sanitation. The WHO estimates that for every US dollar invested in improved drinking water and sanitation there is an economic return of four US dollars resulting from health and productivity gains. It is estimated that the benefits of achieving universal access to improved sanitation would outweigh costs at least five-fold, and for improved drinking water at least two-fold.
Taking all of the above into account, water, sanitation (including wastewater) must be given greater priority in establishing water project boards made up of community leaders who are trained by experts on how to monitor, maintain and repair water systems, training people in the use and repair of water systems and generators, and training a core of local leaders in water safety and purification so they can lead workshops throughout the community and expand grassroots knowledge. Adequate drinking water and sanitation are all essential ingredients to ensure human health. The same is true for proper wastewater management, which is a basic prerequisite for environmental health. Improving upon these services will bring economic gains while also helping to build resilience given increasing climate variability.
DCG has experience in helping governments in their missions to provide a sustainable supply of drinking water and in special cases improvement of wastewater management for the population in selected municipalities at socially acceptable costs. DCG has worked to achieve the development of an information management system and provided data management capacity building within the water and sewerage programme in medium – sized municipalities in Serbia.
DCG has worked diligently in strengthening public utilities in their efforts to provide efficient and sustainable services. Our implementation strategy brings together government, private sector, and civil society partners. DCG helps public utilities restructure and implement modern management and operational procedures by using up-to-date software packages that increase overall performance.