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.



Small Water Enterprises: Providing Safe Drinking Water for Resilient Cities

Safe Water Network
Safe Water Network
Aug. 2018

This report considers how USWEs can provide a viable and sustainable complementary solution to the Government of India’s piped-water efforts to meet the needs of the urban poor and support the transformation of safe-water-stressed cities into resilient cities.

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Digitizing Payments for Household Water Connections in Ghana

Safe Water Network
Safe Water Network
Aug. 2018

This installment of Safe Water Network's Field Insight series is focused on quantifying the impact of digital finance for household connections in Ghana.

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Carrying water may be a major contributor to disability from musculoskeletal disorders in low income countries: a cross-sectional survey in South Africa, Ghana and Vietnam

Geere et al.
Journal of Global Heath
Jun. 2018

This study finds that people who reported a history of current or past water carrying more frequently reported pain in locations most likely to be associated with sustained spinal axial compression in the cervical region.

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Accelerating India’s Circular Economy Shift

May. 2018

Featuring a profile of Safe Water Network, this study by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) seeks to demystify Circular Economy principles and outlines different business models that organizations and FICCI members can adopt to improve their resource efficiency.

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Strengthening Community Water Supply through Public-Private Partnerships

Safe Water Network
May. 2018

This report, developed in partnership with the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF), assesses the enabling environment and outlines policy recommendations for public-private partnerships (PPPs) to deliver safely managed water throughout Ghana.

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Microbiological Assessment of Sachet Water from Five Regions in Ghana

Lydia Mosi, Samuel Mawuli Adadey, Sandra Akoley Sowah, Charles Yeboah
Apr. 2018

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.

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Price Change and Station Performance in Ghana

Safe Water Network
Safe Water Network
Mar. 2018

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.

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Ghana Water Enterprise Trust: Structuring for Growth and Sustainability

Safe Water Network
Safe Water Network
Mar. 2018

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.

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Reaching the Last Mile: Innovative Business Models for Inclusive Development

Elaine Tinsley, Natalia Agapitova
World Bank Group
Mar. 2018

This report, which features Safe Water Network, examines the experience of more than 300 social enterprises—catalogued into more than 40 business models—that have developed market-based solutions for service delivery to the poor in several sectors: education, energy, health, waste, water, and sanitation.

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State of Urban Water and Sanitation in India

TERI University
Oct. 2017

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.

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