Addressing the Associated Risks of COVID-19 Infections from Water and Wastewater Services in Asia through a Decentralised Wastewater Treatment Approach

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This Issue Brief has been developed for the discussion at the International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2020), organized by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) from 9th -13rd November 2020.

This Issue Brief aims to: (i) facilitate discussion on the need to properly address the existing issue of poor wastewater management in many Asian countries, in order to minimise the human health risks associated with SARS-COV-2 infections; (ii) identify possible routes of SARS-CoV-2 infections and contamination across water and wastewater service chain; (iii) propose preventive countermeasures to stop possible COVID-19 transmission;  and (iv) highlight the potential roles of decentralised wastewater management in addressing the associated risks of COVID-19 infection along the water and wastewater service chain.