“Increased sewage connection will increase river pollution,” said Maryna Strokal of the Water Systems and Global Change group of Wageningen University on the press conference at EGU2018. “That is, if the waste water is not treated,” she added. By 2050, many rivers in the world may be polluted. This is because over two-third of the world population will likely live in cities in 2050.
To this end, sewage connection will also increase. Maryna emphasized that sewage systems are solutions to avoid open defecation in urbanized areas. However, sewage systems should have excellent treatment to reduce future waste-related pollution of many rivers in the world.
Around 15 thousand scientists from more than one hundred countries attended the EGU2018 conference. Maryna Strokal (in the middle on the picture behind the desk) shared the preliminary results of the Wageningen multi-pollutant assessment of river quality to journalists, science writers and bloggers. This multi-pollutant assessment is the ongoing research in close collaboration with colleagues from Wageningen and outside. More details can be found at the page of the Water Systems and Global Change group.