Why water systems fail part 14: lack of spare parts

Improve International

By Susan Davis, Executive Director

What leads to success or failure of water systems?  Everything we read points to a complex mix of factors.  In this series, we share quotes on various topics related to failure of water systems from our literature search and interviews for the report on resolution of problems with water systems as a way to highlight pieces of the puzzle.

This blog focuses on a factor that contributes to the inability to repair rural water systems: the lack of supply chains for spare parts, tools and water treatment products.

Another point that we also see is the issue [with sustainability], is spare parts availability. Even though the ownership is there and people want to do something but they … have to travel a long distance to find the spare parts. They would already spend a huge amount of money just to travel there and buy the…

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