Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) Seeks Input on Water and Sanitation (WASH) Survey

May 4, 2016
By Jessica Rohde

The Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) is seeking your input through its current Water and Sanitation (WASH) survey.

WASH focuses on improving health through safe and affordable access to household running water and sewer/sanitation in Arctic and sub-Arctic communities.  The United States and the Kingdom of Denmark co-lead the initiative, which seeks to document the status of water & sewer service in Arctic communities, promote innovations in sanitation-service provision, and describe climate-related vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies related to sanitation & water systems.

The WASH survey, linked below, has three parts: water & sanitation services, related health conditions, and climate or environmental change affecting water.  Respondents can choose which parts of the survey they wish to take.

Please forward this information to people in your network who can help the group better understand the status of water and sanitation in the Arctic and sub-Arctic region.  The survey can be found at the following site:  or linked off of theSDWG main site at

Who should take this survey?

  • Those who live in Arctic or sub-Arctic communities
  • Professionals in health, water, or sanitation services
  • Those in government responsible for health, environment, or water sanitation services

Intended Use of Survey Results: The intent of this survey is to describe the current status of this important health determinant to assess progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals and report this information to the Arctic Council.   Survey results may permit comparisons of water and sanitation services, health indicators and approaches to climate-related threats, and best practices and opportunities for collaboration.  Survey results will be collated and be made available on the Sustainable Development Working Group Website (  A written report will be prepared for the Arctic Council by May 2017.

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