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.
Reaching the Last Mile: Innovative Business Models for Inclusive Development
Elaine Tinsley, Natalia Agapitova
World Bank Group
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.
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.
Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage: Measurement and Private Sector Participation
Safe Water Network
This report describes an assessment of household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) promotional activities carried out by the Government of Ghana and UNICEF, in collaboration with Safe Water Network, in an effort to identify strategies and guidelines, the skill capability of HWTS promoters, and private-sector participation in HWTS promotion.
Reducing Water Station Operational Costs Through Mobile Monitoring
GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities
This GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities report examines results from an Innovation Fund grant awarded to Safe Water Network which centered on the reduction of water station operational costs through mobile monitoring.
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.
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.
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.
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.