Water Supply

Water supply interventions seek to provide sustainable access to a potable water supply that is safe for human use and consumption.

Why Water Supply Matters

In 2010, the world met the target for safe drinking water five years ahead of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDG) target. The success of our cumulative efforts in meeting the improved water supply MDG is an encouraging milestone in the movement toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) objective of achieving universal access to safe water by 2030. However, now is not the time to slow down, as more than 660 million people still do not have access to an improved water supply.

USAID's Approach

Using USAID's Water and Development Strategy 2013-2018 as a guide, the Agency is working to expand on our successes, learn from where we have fallen short, set new goals for water supply improvements, and adapt our efforts through improved and sustainable methodologies, innovative and scientific solutions, and effective collaboration with governments and development partners.

To further increase access to cleaner sources of water, USAID is addressing barriers to safe water access at the country level by improving the performance of water service providers, and improving governance and regulatory arrangements, financial flows, and behavior change to enhance infrastructure and help ensure the continuity and quality of service. At the regional level, USAID is building capacity and structures for sustainability of improved water supply by working with institutions and associations that underpin stability, sustainability, and growth. Finally, at the global level, the Agency is enhancing our development reach and aid effectiveness through strategic global partnerships.