drinking water

Fact Sheet

USAID's WASH-FIN Nepal

Building a foundation of commercial approaches and new institutional models to close financing gaps to achieving universal access to water and sanitation services.

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Institutional Reforms Expand Water Access in Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde, an extremely water-scarce country, faces a number of challenges in the water and sanitation sector. In 2012, the Government of Cabo Verde signed its second compact with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), with $41 million dedicated to the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Project. The WASH Project was designed to establish a financially sound, transparent, and accountable institutional basis for the delivery of water and sanitation services to Cabo Verdean households and businesses.

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Deploying WASH Technicians to Improve WASH Services

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been working with Haiti’s National Potable Water and Sanitation Directorate (DINEPA in French) to improve drinking water quality in Haiti's rural areas. This work, which began after the start of the cholera outbreak in Haiti in 2010 and continued through 2018, is aligned with the Global Water Strategy Strategic Objective 1: to increase sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, as well as Strategic Objective 4: to strengthen water sector governance and institutions.  

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Improved Chlorination Mitigates Disease Outbreaks

Access to safe drinking water is critical in preventing transmission of waterborne diseases. The benefits of using chlorine as a disinfectant in emergencies and waterborne disease outbreaks include low cost, high availability, and ease of monitoring. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) specialists have assisted Ministries of Water and Health and other partners to improve chlorination and water quality monitoring in Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Zambia, and Zimbabwe during outbreaks and emergencies.

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World Water Day 2019: Leaving No One Behind

World Water Day 2019 falls on March 22. This year's theme is "Leaving No One Behind," is based on a core pledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development—that everyone must benefit from sustainable development. 

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World Water Day

World Water Day is observed annually on March 22 to raise awareness about the vital importance of water to everything from public health and youth education to economic development and gender equality. World Water Day 2019 focuses the importance of water for lifting people out of poverty—a key tenant of the U.S. Government Global Water Strategy.  Learn more.

Project

Sustainable​ ​Improvement​ ​of​ ​Water​ ​Quality​ ​of​ ​Metrópoli​ ​de​ ​los​ ​Altos 

This activity provides direct support to local governments to improve the health conditions of eight municipalities in Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala. USAID investments increase access to and the quality of potable water, using national public financial management systems. The municipalities include: Quetzaltenango: Salcajá, Quetzaltenango, San Juan Olintepeque, San Carlos Sija, Sibilia, San Juan Ostuncalco, La Esperanza and San Mateo.

Communities of Practice

International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage

The International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS Network) is a World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund initiative bringing together over 150 key stakeholders worldwide to promote and scale up the adoption of practices and technologies that improve the quality of household drinking water for vulnerable populations. The informal network format emphasizes flexibility, participation and creativity to support coordinated action.