Microbial safety is clearly a key factor in achieving UN SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
UNICEF estimates that over 2.2 billion people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water. Microorganisms are responsible for a host of waterborne diseases which cause unnecessary disease and death. Simultaneously, using microbes to our advantage can offer solutions in purifying water and improving sanitation. Ultimately, this will increase access to safe and affordable drinking water for all, whilst making hygiene practices more accessible for many people across the globe.
Biofertilizers offer promising solutions for reduced nutrient runoff and wastewater recycling. As well as applying microbes to combat the problem, applied microbiologists can use their knowledge of health and disease to reduce cases of waterborne disease, improving the quality of life for people worldwide.
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