Water Essentials

The Untapped Potential of Decentralized Solutions to Provide Safe, Sustainable Drinking Water at Large Scale

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.



Promoting Women Entrepreneurship in WASH Through Small Water Enterprises: Project Completion Report, 2019

Safe Water Network
Safe Water Network
Mar. 2020

Developed with support from the India Water Partnership, this report assesses the capability of 28 women from self-help groups and female social entrepreneurs to operate and maintain small water enterprises.

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Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States

George McGraw, Radhika Fox
Dig Deep, US Water Alliance
Nov. 2019

This report presents an analysis of the water and sanitation access challenge in the United States.

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Special Edition: Water Leaders

Smart Water & Waste World
Smart Water & Waste World
Oct. 2019

In the first anniversary edition of Smart Water & Waste World, Safe Water Network's VP of Knowledge and Partnerships Poonam Sewak describes India’s water crisis and argues that the country needs to overhaul its water management systems to allow for public-private partnerships.

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Small Water Enterprises: Transforming Women from Water Carriers to Water Entrepreneurs

Poonam Sewak, Pooja Singh, Amanda Gimble
Safe Water Network
Aug. 2019

This Spotlight report advances the case for small water enterprises and identifies the ways in which they can benefit the lives of women and their families.

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Composite Water Management Index (Version 2.0)

NITI Aayog
Aug. 2019

Written by the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) in association with India's Ministry of Jal Shakti and Ministry of Rural Development, the Composite Water Management Index (version 2.0) aims to enable effective water management across the states of India.

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Citywide Inclusive Water Supply: Adopting Off-Grid Solutions to Achieve the SDGs

Smita Misra, Bill Kingdom
The World Bank
Jun. 2019

This report from the World Bank, which cites Safe Water Network research, proposes a mindset shift that accepts off-grid supplies as an equal partner to piped supplies in meeting the SDGs.

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Position on the Provision and Management of WASH Facilities in Basic Schools in Ghana

May. 2019

This position paper, developed by the Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) and presented to various ministries of the Government of Ghana, highlights various organizations (such as Safe Water Network) that are supporting government efforts by providing WASH facilities to basic schools across the country.

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Remote Monitoring of Small Water Enterprises for Sustainable Safe Drinking Water Access and Data Analytics for Predictive Maintenance

Ravindra Sewak, Poonam Sewak, Pooja Singh, Arvind Nagwani
Safe Water Network
Apr. 2019

This paper presents a case study of 265 iJal Safe Water Stations in India that use IoT-based parametric monitoring systems to raise automatic alarms and send regular alerts, which help facilitate both local operations and remote diagnostics conducted by a service entity to identify service and spare-parts requirements on a timely basis.

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Report of Water and Sanitation Activities, FY 2017

Apr. 2019

This USAID report, which covers fiscal year 2017, highlights Safe Water Network as a partner in one of its 13 high-priority countries and regions that serve as the primary recipients of U.S. water and sanitation assistance—selected in part because of their potential for transformative change. In a spotlight on India, the report points to Safe Water Network’s efforts to employ women as mobilizers in promoting safe and affordable drinking water.

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Fintech for the Water Sector: Advancing Financial Inclusion for More Equitable Access to Water

John Ikeda, Ken Liffiton
World Bank Group
Apr. 2019

This discussion paper explores how financial technology (or fintech) can support the expansion of market-based solutions for water, sanitation, and irrigation. While examining pay-as-you-go (PAYGo) models that ensure water revenue collection and network maintenance, the paper points to Safe Water Network as a viable opportunity “for small providers in urban informal settlements where the utility lacks the resources or political will to implement prepaid standpipes.”

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