It can be easy to forget here in Canada, but for much of the world clean drinking water is a luxury. Many communities around the globe have no access to water that is safe to consume – whether it is due to drought or a lack of proper sanitation. For people without a reliable water source, life is a daily struggle and access to clean water their most urgent problem.
Experts in the field of humanitarian relief and ecology believe that water reuse—collecting, cleaning and reusing water—is the best approach to helping people living in areas where there are scant usable water resources. However, finding a consistent approach to water reuse has proved difficult across disparate regions and countries. International Standards can provide much needed guidance when it comes to ensuring that water is fit for drinking and used in the right way.
ISOfocus, a publication of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), has interviewed Zillay Nawab, a Canadian-based management consultant and standards expert, on the important role that standards can play in developing the infrastructure needed for successful water reuse projects, and how those projects can benefit people in need. The article, called Putting the logic into hydrological, covers a range of related topics – from water contamination to the creation of large scale water recycling plants in countries such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
A strong advocate for water rights, Zillay Nawab is currently the Canadian Chair of the Mirror Committee for ISO/TC282/SC3 with the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). He also convenes the ISO/TC 282 task group that focuses on water reuse and its potential benefits. SCC supports both ISO and the work of Zillay Nawab.
SCC is actively engaged in international standardization, working with standardization bodies around the world to ensure that Canada’s interests are represented.