This Resource Center curates the growing number of publications and resources that highlight the effectiveness of small water enterprises. This is a step toward building a community of practice that harnesses the know-how, market knowledge, and resources needed to improve and scale small water enterprises globally. We value the sharing of information, and invite you to e-mail us with any materials you believe will be helpful to others.
The Untapped Potential of Decentralized Solutions to Provide Safe, Sustainable Drinking Water at Large Scale
Dalberg Jan. 2017
This report argues that new approaches are needed to achieve the U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 6.1 by 2030. Through the analysis of 14 different small water enterprises, the report uncovers bottlenecks to scale and sustainability.
Microbiological Assessment of Sachet Water from Five Regions in Ghana
Lydia Mosi, Samuel Mawuli Adadey, Sandra Akoley Sowah, Charles Yeboah
Sachet water, which is often referred to as “pure water” in Ghana, has become ubiquitous in most Ghanaian households. Assessing the microbiological quality of 41 brands of sachet water sampled in 16 districts across five regions in Ghana, data suggests that microbiological quality of sachet water from some sources has not yet attained levels that make it absolutely pure and wholesome for consumption.
This addition to Safe Water Network's Field Insight series examines the impact of price increases on station performance and inclusiveness in Ghana. Fifteen months after an April 2016 price increase, analysis suggests that sales volumes are on the road to recovery. Furthermore, convenience and socio-economic status appear to be key contributors to consumer resilience in the face of such price changes.
Ghana Water Enterprise Trust: Structuring for Growth and Sustainability
Safe Water Network
Safe Water Network
Part of Safe Water Network's Spotlight series, this document describes the organization's continued work to develop a Ghana Water Enterprise Trust, a dedicated Ghanaian funding and oversight vehicle that will provide long-term governance, financial stewardship, and funding for small water enterprises.
This report aims to document India's progress in strengthening water and sanitation services in its cities. Chapter 9, entitled "Drinking Water Supply for Urban Poor: Role of Urban Small Water Enterprises," was contributed by Safe Water Network.
Har Ghar Jal by 2030: Current Status and Next Steps
Sewak P., Chowdhury S., Ghosh P.
Safe Water Network
This report, prepared by Safe Water Network India and KMPG in consultation with and under the guidance of the Government of India's Ministry of Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation. This report is a critical step in designing policy intervention of the National Rural Drinking Water Program as the country focuses on reaching safe drinking water for all by 2030.
Written by Safe Water Network's India Country Director, Ravindra Sewak, this article argues that India’s national water policies should recognize and adequately address the country’s significant water challenges, and include plans for the future.
Packaged Water: Optimizing Local Processes for Sustainable Water Delivery in Developing Nations
Globalization and Health
With a lack of reliable water services in developing countries, people rely on packaged water. This water does not meet international standards for safety, and is often simply disregarded as a water source. However, it's use is widely prevalent and deserves focus to improve standards.
Cost of Providing Sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Services: An initial assessment of LCCA in Andhra Pradesh
Reddy, R., Batchelor, C.
WASH service levels remain low in India because more focus is put on capital expenditure than operational expenditure, hence, quantity and quality of service becomes inadequate. This paper looks at life-cycle cost approaches, so as to avoid deterioration of services.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Interventions to Combat Childhood Diarrhoea in Developing Countries
Waddington, H., Snilstveit, B., White H., and Fewtrell, L.
The results of this study challenge the notion that water quality treatment in the household (at point-of-use) and sanitation ‘software’ (hygiene) interventions are necessarily the most efficacious and sustainable interventions for promoting reduction of diarrhoea.
Fluoride in Groundwater: Evaluation of Removal Methods
Saxena K. L., Sewak R. and Stea R.
International Journal of Development Research
Widespread fluoride contamination of groundwater has increased incidence of fluorisis. The methods to remove excess fluoride are often cumbersome and expensive. Treatment technologies have several drawbacks and should only be used when there is no other option of fluroide free water available.