Water Pollution and Management Approaches (Self-Paced)


The world’s water system is facing a number of key challenges. For example, if we continue business as usual, the global demand for freshwater will exceed viable resources by 40% in 2030. Furthermore, increase in pollutants and climate change continue to deplete the quality and amount of available freshwater sources. People especially those living in the most disadvantaged communities across the world lack access to safe water and sanitation due to water scarcity. Globally, 2.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.6 billion are without improved sanitation. Water-related diseases have caused millions of deaths, mostly in children under the age of five. While the number of deaths and illnesses from these preventable diseases are alarming, the economic impact on the communities in these impoverished countries is even more troubling. Managing water quality is a priority. Regulatory agencies, local governments, and other key stakeholders need to work together to assume their responsibilities towards solving the water problem. Establishing better water management practices, adapting suitable water guidelines, and implementing appropriate water safety measures all have great potential to improve livelihood and enhance economic growth. This course will help you understand how important water pollution control is and why improving the management of water quality is a critical issue. Throughout the course, you will familiarize yourself with sources of pollutants, key terminologies and background concepts, such as the water cycle. The course will also examine common physical, biological and chemical contaminants in water, and their impacts on human health and natural ecosystems. You will be introduced to treatment options, and the roles and responsibilities of state, local governments and other key stakeholders in preventing water pollution. The course will also introduce the importance of circularity of water resources and end with highlights of some emerging water quality issues.

About Open Learning Campus

All registered users of OLC can experience its impact of new features. If you are already registered with OLC you can directly sign in to the new system. If you are a new user then do register to avail of the dynamic learning opportunities from WBG to deepen your knowledge and skills on a variety of development related topics. For example, you will have access to timely resources such as:

  1. Ted like video talks
  2. Podcasts
  3. Formal learnings (i.e., Self-paced courses/Facilitated Courses/MOOCs)
  4. Live events and Knowledge Exchanges
  5. Communities of Practice

You will have access to an extensive catalog of resources through which you can search and discover relevant learning materials.

How to Access the Course Content

To access the course content, please follow the below registration steps:

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  3. Enter the code that you received via email at the “Enter Code” field. Select “Sign in” to continue with the next step.
  4. Fill in your First and Last Names and select a preferred communication language. Select “Next” to continue with the next step.
  5. Select up to five learning goals. Select “Next” to continue with the next step.
  6. Select up to five skills. Select “Next” to continue with the next step.
  7. Congratulations and welcome to the OLC! You’ll find additional tips and suggestions inside the “Welcome to the Open Learning Campus” channel at the top of the home page.

Course Details

  • Mode: Self-Paced