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Field and market insights: the case for decentralized, community-based water systems.

Field Implementation | Ghana | Field Insight

Making Piped Water to Households Affordable and Available

In this Field Insight, we highlight our methods to enhance piped water connections in underserved areas. Utilizing partnerships and innovative models like the Optimized Piped Connection (OPC), we’ve notably improved household connection rates, showcasing the model’s potential for achieving financial sustainability and social impact.

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Field Implementation, Sector Engagement | India | Sector Review

India Sector Review 2023

This sector review report, the fourth issued by Safe Water Network, brings up to date the need for Safe Water Enterprises, popularly called Water ATMs across India.

Field Implementation | India | Case Study

Rethinking Gender Equality Through the Lens of Economic Empowerment in Water

This report shares the unique success of the SEWAH program, where women's traditional roles of carrying water on their heads is supplanted by owning and operating local water stations.

Field Implementation | India | Assessment

Financial & Operational Performance of Safe Water Enterprises in India

Decentralized Safe Water Enterprises (SWEs), popularly called Water ATMs, are low-cost, affordable, 24x7 safe drinking water access solutions for communities and consumers on the go. SWEs have proven their resilience to climate change and pandemics and prevent plastic scourge due to single-use plastic bottled water. The report aims to apprise the governments, development partners, funding institutions, donors, and philanthropes of the sustainability challenges and initiate a policy dialogue on subsidy support for SWEs similar to the piped water utility.

Field Implementation | Ghana | Case Study

Insights from the Free Water Mandate in Ghana

In late March 2020, the Government of Ghana mandated that all water utility providers must provide free water to all Ghanaians for 8 months to alleviate the health and economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this report, we detail how Safe Water Network Ghana achieved key objectives and provide an overview of the financial impact of the mandate on our water station operations.

Field Implementation, Sector Engagement, Technical Assistance | Ghana | Case Study

Safe Water Resilience Toolkit

Safe Water Network and Envicom Corporation have partnered to develop a ‘Safe Water Resilience Toolkit’ that integrates various sources of data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping capabilities for visualization and data analysis. This technology has the potential to improve infrastructure planning and management in a manner that facilitates climate adaptation for water utilities and increases access to safe water for last-mile customers and vulnerable groups.

Field Implementation | Global | Assessment

What the Customer Thinks

The Community of Practice (CoP) for SWEs launched a Social Impact Measurement Initiative through a collaborative project with 14 SWEs. The findings highlighted areas of improvement, but also helped the CoP define the role of SWEs in social impact evaluation and highlight the unique assets of the model for collecting customer-centric data.

Field Implementation | Ghana | Case Study

Digital Operating Platform for the Safe Water Enterprise Sector

Safe Water Network is developing a digital platform to integrate operational, consumer, and financial data across our portfolio of H2OME! Water Stations in Ghana.