safe drinking water

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The Convergence Factor: Lessons from Integrating Freshwater Conservation and WASH

Most of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is under pressure from increasing population growth, urbanization, and consumption, as well as poorly-planned infrastructure development. All these factors are negatively impacting the quality and availability of freshwater resources. By linking freshwater conservation and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) partners expect reduced watershed degradation and pollution will help increase the health of watershed ecosystems and species.

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Fact Sheet: Ethiopia Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

In 2015, Ethiopia achieved its Millennium Development Goal target of 57 percent access to safe drinking water, an increase from just 13 percent in 1990. Yet access to improved sanitation, while also vastly improved since 1990, remains alarmingly low at only 28 percent nationwide.

Project

WASH for the Urban Poor II

Water Access Sanitation and Hygiene for the Urban Poor (WASH-UP), funded by USAID, helped to improve availability and access to water and sanitation services in three slum communities of Accra and two slum communities in the urban area of Sekondi-Takoradi. Using a community-driven approach that involved residents and a broad range of stakeholders, Global Communities implemented programs to create sustainable improvements in water and sanitation access while improving hygiene behaviors. 

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.

Project

Establishing Community Water Systems in Bangalore Slums

The Community Water Systems project aims to provide safe drinking water to under-served communities in Bangalore where piped water is not available. Water Health’s award winning water purification system and disinfection technology, combined with sustainable business approaches, are delivering clean water to more than 30,000 households in Bangalore slums. Construction of 25 WaterHealth Centers (kiosks that purify and dispense water at affordable rates) is complete. Other donors, such as Gap Inc. and Tata Trust, have helped scale-up the project, by setting up 12 additional kiosks.

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Photo Essay: Transforming Vulnerable Communities Through Water Access in Madagascar

Madagascar is urbanizing at twice the rate as the rest of the world, with an estimated 4.5 percent urban growth rate and approximately one-third of the total population already living in urban areas. Every month, cities across Madagascar grow by tens of thousands — growth often concentrated in informal settlements with limited access to water and sanitation services as the demand outstrips local capacity.