Water Supply

Project

Effective Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Services in Nigeria

USAID/Nigeria’s Effective Water and Sanitation Hygiene Services (E-WASH) project is an urban water and sanitation activity that will provide 500,000 families in six states access to a reliable supply of clean, piped water, to the benefit of three million Nigerians. 

Under the four-year, $60.4 million E-WASH project, USAID will provide assistance to Abia, Delta, Imo, Niger, Sokoto, and Taraba states to improve the health and hygiene of their populations by improving delivery of water and sanitation services through stronger, better performing state water agencies.

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. 

Online Course

Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries Part 1: Understanding Complex Problems

This course explores what can be done to solve the complex problem that half a billion people worldwide do not have improved water supplies and two billion do not have improved sanitation.The course has video lectures and guest interviews with leading water policy scholars and practitioners and discussion forums. In addition, participants will be assigned a challenging assignment that tackles real water and sanitation problems.  

Instructors are Professor Dale Whittington and Dr. Duncan Thomas of the Manchester Business School.

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.

Event

World Wetlands Day: February 2, 2020

Wetlands and Biodiversity is the theme for World Wetlands Day 2020. Wetlands are rich with biodiversity and are a habitat for a dense variety of plant and animal species. Latest estimates show a global decline of biodiversity, while wetlands are disappearing three times faster than forests. This year's theme is a unique opportunity to highlight wetland biodiversity, its status, why it matters, and promote actions to reverse its loss.

Blog

2019: The Year in Review

USAID is working to improve the lives of millions of people around the globe by addressing the most basic of human needs—access to water and sanitation.

Water Currents

Water Currents: Water Harvesting Methods

Water conservation of both surface and groundwater is a key component to increase access to, quantity, and quality of water supplies to meet basic human needs, support economic growth, enhance food security, and maintain ecosystems.

Intl Campaign Day

World Water Day 2020: Water and Climate Change

World Water Day is observed annually on March 22 to raise awareness about the vital importance of water to safeguarding human security and maintaining the health of the planet's ecosystems. This year's theme, "Water and Climate Change," highlights the urgent importance of strengthening water security and establishing access to a sustainable water supply in the face of changing climate conditions worldwide. The observance will also raise public awareness about the many ways shifting atmospheric and oceanic conditions are reshaping t

Blog

USAID Seeks Input on its Water and Development Research Agenda

USAID recognizes that in order to accomplish the goals set out in our Water and Development Plan under the U.S. Government Global Water Strategy, we need to ramp up our efforts to address evidence gaps that have impeded progress in the sector to date. As part of that process, the Agency intends to develop a Water and Development Research Agenda that identifies critical evidence gaps, guides research to fill those gaps, and ultimately helps to inform programming approaches.