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SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all


Supplying water requires a large number of electrical and electronic water management systems, which all rely on IEC work. Pumps extract water, transport it from wells through pipelines to purification, filtration and desalination systems. Even in the simplest water treatment plants, pumps, valves and scrapers are needed. More modern systems also include a myriad of sensors that control the length of flow, for example, on taps, toilets or irrigation systems.


IEC work is relevant to the following SDG 6 targets

  • SDG 6.1: By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
  • SDG 6.3: 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
  • SDG 6.4: 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
  • SDG 6.5: By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate
  • SDG 6.a: 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


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