3 ways countries can improve water supplies in small towns

by Fadel Ndaw, World Bank Global Water Practice - reblogged from http://blogs.worldbank.org/water/3-ways-countries-can-improve-water-supplies-small-towns A public faucet that serves 1,000 families in el Alto, Bolivia. Photo credit: Stephan Bachenheimer / World Bank Small towns* typically have not been well served by national or regional water utilities. Decentralization has become increasingly widely adopted, but even if local governments at … Continue reading 3 ways countries can improve water supplies in small towns

Kampala WASH Symposium — Improve International

By Susan Davis, Executive Director, Improve International Last month, I went to one day of the Kampala WASH Symposium. The theme was “From Projects to Services: WASH Sustainability through Whole System Approaches.” I wish I could have attended more, especially the open houses and field trips, but had had other commitments. This was the sixth […] … Continue reading Kampala WASH Symposium — Improve International

Make Bottled Water Available and Affordable

Guest Blog by Francis Mujuni, WASH Specialist@MCID Uganda with a population of 37 million people an annual population growth rate of 3.2% makes it one of the fastest growing countries in Africa (UBOS 2014)[1]. With such rate of growth compounded by high levels of poverty the country is unable to provide its people the required social amenities … Continue reading Make Bottled Water Available and Affordable

Learning in the rural water supply sector – a complexity perspective

by Felix Knipschild, reblogged from IRC How can I conceptualise and model learning in the rural water supply system in Uganda? This is the challenge I'll be working on for the next 5 months at IRC. I'm a student at Delft University of Technology, following the master Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management. At my faculty, … Continue reading Learning in the rural water supply sector – a complexity perspective

Innovations in Community Based Organisations, in Indonesia

So I'm at the Indonesia International Water Week 2015 and on the second day, the event has been split into six parallel streams: Sustainable Access to Safe Drinking Water Community Based Water Supply Domestic Wastewater Management Municipal Solid Waste Management and Domestic Wastewater Water Resources: Sinking Cities / Towards Better Implementation of IWRM Water Resources: … Continue reading Innovations in Community Based Organisations, in Indonesia

Uganda: Kitgum Residents Share Water Points With Animals

Interesting article in relation to recent RWSN discussions on Multiple Use Services (MUS) of water

WaterSan Perspective

Dan Michael Komakech
June 23, 2014

Residents of Toboi in Lolwa parish Orom Sub County in Kitgum district have resorted to sharing contaminated rain runoff water that collects on rock inselbergs with animals due to scarce water points in the vicinity.

The resident explain that they survive on dirty unprotected water from Lela Toboi inselberg because of the far distance of over three to seven kilometers that one has to trek in search of clean drinking water in the neighboring villages of Wipolo and Tikau and Karekalet river spring.

The situation has rendered residents particularly the most vulnerable elderly, disability and children to opt for nothing other than runoff water from contaminated sources which makes them exposed to water borne diseases and death.

“If it rains we utilize rain runoff water that gathers on these inselberg and if it dries off we trek to Wipolo aor Tikau where we are…

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