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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Facing cost recovery constrains in water infrastructure development, apply bankable and sustainable WASH Solutions to overcome affordability barriers limiting the mobilization of private capital.

Hungarian Water Partnership (

    To reach the SDG 6 goals, we need alternative approaches, financing mechanisms and solutions for safe drinking water supply and municipal liquid waste treatment. Even in Europe water utility infrastructure management and development are facing profound financing gaps. The reconstruction of the ageing water infrastructure is underfinanced and underperforming. Capital costs are not or are just partly included in tariffs, nor covered by public spending. The yearly reconstruction rate of the existing infrastructure is less than 1%-0,1%, which is presuming an unrealistic life expectancy of up to over 1.000 years. The non-refundable grant-based EU public funding for the “new accession countries” requires only the inclusion of the depreciation of the assets, (which equal to bank finance with 50 years payback period and an interest-free loan of 2% of the invested capital/year). Still, even this is not provided due to affordability limitations. Detailed and large-scale investment and asset evaluation results show that EU standard “nearly full scale” water and sanitation utility infrastructure investment/replacement costs are 1.500-7.500.-€ per capita. With the collection and distribution network fluctuating between 1.200-5.700.-€ per capita (75-80% of the total) depending on local conditions, but mainly on the size and type of the municipalities - the smaller/”rural like” the more expensive. These numbers are reflected also in the UNEP City-Level Decoupling Urban resource flows and the governance of infrastructure transition Report. It estimates that the investment required to meet the demand for urban water infrastructure (to refurbish the old and build new) is US$ 22.6 trillion. over the next 25 years for all the cities of the world. City-Level Decoupling: Urban Resource Flows and the Governance of Infrastructure Transitions ( The report suggests that by 2050 more than 6 billion people (almost 70% of the world population) will live in urban areas. Calculating US$ 22.6 trillion (US$ 22.600 Billion) for 6 Billion people we are coming to the EU standard investment value of 3.767.- USD/capita investment needs. If, in the case of the world’s richest regions full scale and inclusive water infrastructure development are unbankable, then how do we expect it to be feasible worldwide? With this alternative approach and “near-to-consumer” solutions, an investment cost for drinking water provision and liquid waste handling would be 70.- €/per capita for communities without adequate water supply or sewerage network. Drinking water for an initial investment of less than 25.-€/capita, and service of less than 5.-€/person/year, including initial capital costs. Liquid waste management, and purification for an initial investment of less than 45.- €/per capita, and service of less than 10.- €/person/year, including initial capital costs. These technologies provide structural, innovative and sustainable solutions which can also mobilize private capital to address the financial gap in the sector, supporting communities that are most left behind.

    Expected Impact

    The financial resources needed to finance city-level WASH investments indicated in the UNEP City-Level Decoupling Report (22.600 Billion USD) are unrealistic to be found and invested! The alternative “near-to-consumer” solutions with an investment cost for drinking water provision and liquid waste handling would be 70.- €/per capita, and the total capital needed for 4 billion people living in less developed cities and rural areas will be only 280 Billion USD The Impact of the implementation of the alternative “near the consumer” solution will be • reduction of required investment capital by nearly 99%, • safe drinking water provision for less than 5.-€/person/year, • Liquid waste management, and purification service of less than 10.- €/person/year, • Affordable WASH services, with tariffs including initial capital costs. • return on the invested capital >> involvement of private capital. To accelerate SDG implementation in the field of drinking water purification and wastewater treatment and to avoid environmental and health problems, and without extra costs and extra work, using “near to consumer” drinking water units and the treatment of 100% liquid waste are the answers to solve the existing problem in a financially viable, sustainable and affordable way. These investments, which offer a quick, almost immediate solution, pay off in the short term and can be attractive to private investors. Private capital is thus attracted to water infrastructure investments in addition to the often extended and difficult-to-finance public projects. Moreover, these solutions contain not only the development itself but also professional training programs on retaining the local workforce and preparing them to operate the designed and built systems. To provide not only technological solutions but sustainability from a public health point of view. Surface water contamination will be eliminated, the impact on the environment as well as hazards to health will be remarkably reduced. On the basis of economic calculations and experience it can be reasonably stated that these solutions are the most cost-effective and sustainable methods for providing WHO-compliant drinking water and treating the generated 100% liquid waste, both FROM a CAPEX and OPEX point of view.


    Hungarian Water Association, Pureco Group of Companies, Jospong Group of Companies, Sewerage System Ghana Limited, Ghana Water Company developing countries where there is no adequate water supply network, and where no sewerage system exists.

    Additional information

    Other impacts: Drinking water purification: • No Plastic waste is generated, but healthy drinking water is provided. • No Water loss, Revenue water the ROI is forecastable, a complex solution was provided without high infrastructure investment and network operation cost. • prompt solution for rural communities, settlements without network water, public institutions schools, hospitals • training for the local staff to operate and maintain the plant, and knowledge sharing. Treatment of generated wastewater: • In line with the local conditions and needs tailor-made wastewater treatment plant • To ensure the successful operation of the constructed treatment plant, and thus its long-term sustainability, a series of training programmes are to be organised for local professionals. • By establishing a new, sustainable wastewater treatment plant with this technology, the livelihood of the citizens will be improved as they can live in a healthier environment. • The number of illnesses caused by untreated wastewater will be reduced.

    Goal 6

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

    Goal 6


    By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all


    Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services


    By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations


    Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water


    By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally


    Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flows safely treated


    Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality


    By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

    Change in water-use efficiency over time


    Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources


    By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate


    Degree of integrated water resources management 


    Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation


    By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

    Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time


    By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

    Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan


    Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management


    Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

    Name Description

    Septopure® projects: 

    Septopure® technology can be constructed from an investment value of less than €45 per capita instead of €1,000 – 4,500 per capita for the EU standard “nearly full scalesanitation utility infrastructure.

    The technology can offer a return on investment and operating costs of less than €10 per person per year instead of the €50-100 per person per year operating costs in case of “nearly full scale” sollutions.

    PurAID® modular, pallet-sized drinking water treatment system



    Our PurAID® technology as a point-like solution gives a perfect solution. No pipeline construction is needed, solves water shortage with an investment value of less than €25 per capita instead of the €500-2,500 per capita value needed for EU standard “nearly full scalewater utility infrastructure.

    PurAID® offers a sustainable and affordable solution with less than €5 annual operational cost/capita with high-quality, modern regenerable filter technology. Furthermore, it indirectly reduces the ratio of bottled water thus the quantity of plastic waste.

    PurAID® is a compact technology with easy installation into an existing water treatment network or as a new purification item, where no additional pipeline construction is needed. Installation is twofold, either to an end-of-pipe or by connecting to a surface or groundwater source.

    PurAID® is entitled to secure a safe water source for rural communities with a short installation time providing healthy drinking water for the people.

    We provided healthy drinking water of the citizens of Akim Wenchi (Ghana), the goal was to be able to bring safe water to the community that lacks it and do so more quickly and cost-effectively than other water projects.

    Other, please specify
    Professional economic planning services to facilitate successful investments and efficient operation in the field of wastewater treatment.
    Other, please specify
    Designing communal wastewater treatment plants with Septopure® technology and PurAID® drinking water treatment systems
    Other, please specify
    Installation, construction, we provide project management, and training programs for the local people as well.
    Financing (in USD)
    Providing financing. • We have experience with EXIM financing. Our Ghanaian projects were financed by the Hungarian export credit agency EXIM
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    Hungarian Water Partnership
    1. Africa
    2. Global
    Other beneficiaries

    local (rural) communities, water utility service providers, private investors, schools, health centres developing countries where there is no adequate water supply network, and where no sewerage system exists.

    Contact Information

    Károly, chairman