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On World Toilet Day 2021, Droople CEO Ramzi Bouzerda discussed with Frank Slovenec, Co-Executive Director of Global Water Works, the innovation to advance Global Development Goal 6 on access to clean water and sanitation for all by 2030.

Droople’s collaboration with Global Water Works reflects the common approach to the global water challenge. Global Water Works is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping global water work for the planet, people and the future. Global Water Works showcases technology, experts and best management practices that are helping make water work.

What motivated you to create Droople and work on the solutions to the global water challenge?

The question of how we can better value water is really at the center of Droople’s vision and mission. As a CEO, my motivation comes from two different backgrounds. As a child, I grew up in Algeria, and I remember living at the eleventh floor of a residential building where the water pressure was not high enough to bring water up to our flat. We had to carry water in water tanks from downstairs, without an elevator. This first experience of water scarcity resulted in a strong connection with water. Later, as an adult working in a banking sector, I was looking for something that would make more sense. A larger purpose and contribution that would allow me to dream big. This is why I founded Droople 3 years ago.

How does Droople’s technology contribute to the customer benefits in terms of sanitation?

Today, we have equipped shared bathroom in large shopping malls, showing a tremendous everyday water consumption – more than 200 m3 of water per day. This water usage data collected at any point of use (such as toilets, urinals, toilets, faucets) enables us to provide valuable services, such as rapidly localize leakages from a locked flush. Moreso, affluence data provides our customers the capability to shift from time-based cleaning to affluence-based schedules. This new approach brings value to the facility management companies, which are now able to save precious water resources while also reducing their operational and maintenance costs.

World Toilet Day www.worldtoiletday.org 19 November 2021 celebrates toilets and raises awareness of the 3.6 billion people living without access to safely managed sanitation.

Sanitation and safe drinking water are basic human rights that everyone is entitled to. The UN World Toilet Day campaign is about taking action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030. Target 6.2 on sanitation will be measured by the proportion of population using safely managed sanitation services, including a hand-washing facility with soap and water. To achieve it, we urgently need to quadruple progress all along the ‘sanitation chain’, from toilet to the transport, collection, and treatment of human waste.

The United Nations has launched the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework – a new, unifying initiative that involves all sectors of society to speed up progress by improving support to countries. The Framework is part of the UN Secretary-General’s Decade of Action to deliver the SDGs by 2030.

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