In March 2006, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) provided Congressional staff with an early estimate of its expected obligations for fiscal year (FY) 2006. This is the final report to Congress showing the actual obligations made during the fiscal year for ―drinking water supply projects and related activities. The figures presented in this report are based upon actual obligations reported by USAID Operating Units around the world, but involve estimating amounts of larger development projects that were devoted to ―drinking water. The report also briefly summarizes associated supporting water management programs that help ensure water security and sustainability with equity. These include water resources management, water productivity and water-related disaster preparedness.
During FY 2006 USAID improved access to water supply to more than 9.25 million people and almost 1.5 million people were provided improved sanitation. The Agency‘s investments in ―drinking water supply projects and related activities‖ reflect the urgent need to provide safe and affordable domestic water supply that is effectively integrated into overall water resources management.
In FY 2006, USAID exceeded both the worldwide and the Africa directives, obligating $203 million worldwide for drinking water supply projects and related activities, and obligating more than $81 million for drinking water activities in Africa.