safely managed drinking water

Country Profile

Egypt

Since 1978, USAID has invested more than $3.5 billion to bring potable water and sanitation services to over 25 million Egyptians. USAID constructed and rehabilitated wastewater systems in Cairo, Alexandria, and the three Suez Canal cities. Later, USAID helped the Government of Egypt establish the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater, a water regulator and a national umbrella organization to standardize and govern local water utility companies. USAID worked with the Government of Egypt to strengthen the policy, legal, and regulatory framework for water distribution and access.

Conference

POSTPONED - Sanitation and Water for All Finance Ministers’ Meeting, April 17, 2020

The upcoming SWA Finance Ministers’ Meeting (FMM) will be convened in Washington, D.C. USA, on April 17, 2020. The objective of the FMM is to highlight practical actions that finance ministers can take to mobilize additional financing through increased cost recovery, better planning, and improved efficiency to deliver universal access to water supply and sanitation. This will be achieved by presenting evidence, practical experience and active dialogue between participants.

Resource Collection

Water Resources Management

Water resources management encompasses the efforts of stakeholders to protect freshwater ecosystems that provide drinking water. USAID helps partner countries better cope with rising pressures on water-stressed river basins by engaging with stakeholders to develop water allocation plans that secure the availability of water for households, improve storage and quality of water through sustainably managed watersheds, and promote adaptive innovations to build resilience and reduce water-related risk.

Resource Collection

Drinking Water

Access to safe drinking water is one of the cornerstones of public health; however, more than 660 million people around the world still lack access to a dependable drinking water supply. USAID helps partner countries reach the poor and assist the underserved in gaining first-time or improved access to basic drinking water services, laying the foundation for a healthier and more water-secure future one neighborhood and community at a time.

Brief

Chlorine Tablet Use for Household Water Treatment in Emergencies: Guidance for Tablet Selection

In emergencies, safe drinking water is a priority to prevent disease. Chlorine is often used to treat drinking water, as it inactivates most bacteria and viruses that cause diarrheal disease and the remaining free chlorine residual (FCR) provides protection against recontamination in storage. For effective treatment, water should be dosed with enough chlorine to ensure that FCR is maintained for the length of storage time in the household. At the same time, levels high enough to exceed taste and odor acceptability thresholds should be avoided. 

Resource Collection

Blog

The Globalwaters.org blog is your source for the latest water-related research, USAID water and sanitation programming information, news about upcoming conferences, events, and online courses, and links highlighting the extensive and growing collection of technical resources and learning materials now available on Globalwaters.org.

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Blog

Lessons Learned from the 10-Year Rotary–USAID Partnership

Since 2009, a partnership between the Rotary and USAID has combined the local community leadership of Rotarian volunteers with the Agency’s technical expertise. Throughout, the focus of the program has been on accomplishing three goals: improving sanitation and hygiene in schools and health facilities; increasing community access to safe drinking water; and advocating for ample government financing of WASH—that is, water, sanitation, and hygiene.

News Link

Jordan - Ajloun Pond Restored through USAID Project, Conserving Potable Water

USAID recently announced the completion of the restoration of the Queen Rania rainwater catchment pond in Ajloun. This refurbishment project preserves drinking water by supplying an alternative source for non-potable water restricted to irrigation, firefighting, construction and livestock farming.