rural water supply


Understanding Factors and Actors to Achieve Sustainable Drinking Water Systems in Kitui County, Kenya

“Water and food security” is designated as one of five strategic priorities by Kenya’s Kitui County Government. Providing sustainable drinking water services in the area remains challenging despite progress on increasing access to water infrastructure. This brief presents findings from a water audit undertaken in Kitui county and a ranking of factors for sustainable WASH systems based on priorities of 42 actors as shared during a forum in February 2018.


How Can We Sustainably Increase Access to Water Services in Rural Areas in Ethiopia?

Lessons learned from the Millennium Water Alliance’s Ethiopia Program

What happens after USAID-funded WASH projects end? Are communities able to sustain gains in water and sanitation services after one, two, even 10 years? These are some of the key questions the Water Communications and Knowledge Management team answered through its recent ex-post evaluation of the Millennium Water Alliance-Ethiopia Program (MWA-EP) implemented between 2004–2009.

Global Waters Article

Upgrading Rural Afghanistan’s Water Supply

After enduring decades of conflict, more than 200,000 rural Afghans across 17 provinces are making progress toward a healthier and more water-secure future.

WALIS - Madagascar Safe Water and Sanitation Survey

In Madagascar, more than 11 million people do not have access to safe water and 88 percent of the people don’t have access to improved sanitation facilities. For leaders, incomplete data on access to safe water and sanitation can act as a barrier to improving public health services.


Water for Jordan

In this video from USAID/Jordan, learn how water treatment efforts are contributing to greater local water security and improving quality of life. Since 2000, USAID has provided more than $700 million to strengthen the water sector in Jordan.


Detailed Review of a Recent Publication: Getting Handpump Functionality Monitoring Right Can Help Ensure Rural Water Supply Sustainability

Estimates from the WHO-UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program (JMP), mandated to track progress on water and sanitation, show that in 2015 over half (56.1%) of residents of rural areas of the developing world were still using drinking water sources that fall into the “other improved” category. A substantial number of these sources are boreholes or tubewells fitted with handpumps, and the number of people relying on this technology is growing, rather than shrinking.