Join the Sarphati Sanitation Symposium!

    6 November 2019 at RAI Amsterdam

    Hall 13 (Theater - Floor 1); 10:00-16:00 hrs

Currently, 2.4 billion people all over the globe lack basic sanitation services. Although Dr. Sarphati radically improved Amsterdam during the mid-19th century with sustainable sanitation solutions, we still face many challenges in regards to sanitation today.

Join us at the Sarphati Sanitation Symposium during Aquatech Amsterdam 2019 to discover and explore innovative sanitation methods, funding instruments and ways to increase the awareness and political support for sanitation.


Dr. Samuel Sarphati (1813-1866) was one of the most influential residents of Amsterdam during the 19th century. As a doctor, chemist and city planner, he was committed to radically improve public hygiene, mitigate catastrophic poverty levels and thus, better the living conditions of citizens. Back then, the streets of Amsterdam were exceedingly littered with waste. Dr. Sarphati proved that by moving the waste out of the city and processing it for agricultural purposes, money could be made and sanitation within the city could be drastically improved.

Sarphati Sanitation Symposium

On the 4th of November, the Sarphati Sanitation Awards will be handed out for the fourth time during the Opening Ceremony of the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW).

The Sarphati Sanitation Symposium is a partner of the Sarphati Sanitation Awards (SSA). Back in 2013, Aqua for All, World Waternet, and the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) initiated the SSA to recognise and honour contributions to the global sanitation & public health challenges through entrepreneurship.


About World Waternet

The Sarphati Sanitation Symposium is organised in cooperation with World Waternet.

World Waternet is the international, not-for-profit foundation of Waternet that support public water organisations worldwide by offering sustainable, integral water solutions for their water challenges.

Waternet is the public water company of Amsterdam and surroundings, providing water services to 1.3 million people. The company covers the entire water cycle.