WEDC Conference Presentation: Future Proofing Rural Water Systems

Improve International

By Susan Davis, Executive Director

I gave this talk today at the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) International Conference:

Good afternoon, I’m Susan Davis from Improve International and I like water.  My water comes to my house every day, all day, and I know it won’t make me sick. Unfortunately, millions of people who thought they had improved water access don’t know the water will come every day, and they don’t know whether it is safe.  Today, I want to talk to you about Future Proofing Rural Water Systems.

All of you here are probably aware of the high rates of failure and poor functionality of water points in developing countries. These snapshots tell us whether water was flowing or not on the day a water point was visited, but they don’t tell us about some other critical aspects of service – like quality, quantity, reliability, and accessibility.


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