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

Predictors of non-functionality for community-managed handpumps: a simple summary of Foster’s analysis

Great summary

Improve International

By Susan Davis, Executive Director

This is a summary of a useful study by Tim Foster.  It was actually titled “Predictors of Sustainability for Community-Managed Handpumps in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Uganda,” but as usual I find the reasons for failure useful to share.

Failed water point near Debre Zeit, Ethiopia. We were told the borehole collapsed (credit Susan Davis, July 2012) Failed water point near Debre Zeit, Ethiopia. We were told the borehole collapsed (credit Susan Davis, July 2012)

The study was published in 2013, but I’ve found that some people who are interested in this kind of rigorous analysis have not heard of it.  So I’ve summarized the findings below, in plain English. If you prefer the statistical language please see the original paper.

Where did the data come from?

  • Comprehensive water supply inventories were created by the governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Uganda, with the support of development partners.
  • All three inventories were nation-wide and have technical, institutional…

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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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Cautiously optimistic

More useful analysis from the Triple-S team

water services that last

What will it take to create WASH sectors that work? 

By Patrick Moriarty, Harold Lockwood, and Sarah Carriger

Over the past few months in a series of posts we’ve been advocating for a change in the goal of the WASH sector – from increasing coverage to delivering a service over the long haul; from simply building infrastructure to building infrastructure and managing it into the future to provide services worthy of the name.

And we’ve been calling for a change in approach — from piecemeal projects to strengthening the whole system that delivers services.

We’ve shown how we’ve gone about supporting this type of change in Ghana together with the Community Water and Sanitation Agency, and we’ll continue posting examples from other countries where we’re working.

For now, in the final post in this series, we’d like to talk more about what committing to this change calls for from…

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Understanding why waterpoints fail

By Vincent Casey, Technical Support Manager, and Richard Carter.  (originally posted on the WaterAid website) From the Catalyst Project: "A hidden crisis? Strengthening the evidence base on the sustainability of rural groundwater services" "Every year, over 30,000 boreholes fitted with handpumps are installed in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. All will break down at some … Continue reading Understanding why waterpoints fail