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.
Pro-Poor Subsidies for Water Connections in West Africa
Debomy, S., Lauria, D., and Hopkins, O.
World Bank Group
This preliminary evaluation of subsidy schemes in Senegal and Cote d'Ivoire providing piped water to the poor shows that lives of targeted beneficiaries of social connections are improved, but outcomes are not all positive. A reexamination is needed to clarify the real focus of social connections.
Deficiencies in Drinking Water Distribution Systems in Developing Countries
Lee, E., Schwab, K.
Journal of Water and Health
Urban populations are growing, and this paper highlights how developing countries are failing to keep up with the demand for water. Deteriorating central water systems are primarily to blame, as they are poorly maintained and tend to leak or corrode, posing serious health risks.
Delivering Social Value via the Private Sector: A Framework for Market-Based Interventions
International Finance Corporation
What’s the best way to support socially beneficial activities that the private sector could be pursuing but isn’t at present? This paper draws from IFC’s experience in this field to propose a framework for market-based interventions that may be applicable to a wider range of blended value activities
Household Water Delivery Options in Urban and Rural India
McKenzie, D., Ray, I.
Stanford Center for International Development
Providing access to clean drinking water across India has been a GOVT? goal since 2002. However, current water supply is unreliable, with water quality haphazardly monitored. The price being charged is significantly lower than the cost, and there seems to be potential to increase it.
Reducing Diarrhea through the Use of Household-Based Ceramic Water Filters: A Randomized, Controlled Trial in Rural Bolivia
Clasen, T., Parra, G., Boisson, S., and Collin, S.
The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
In a six-month trial, water filters were distributed randomly among participating households in a rural community in Bolivia. Results show that affordable ceramic water filters enable low-income households to treat and maintain the microbiologic quality of their drinking water.
Sustainability of Hygiene Behaviour and the Effectiveness of Change Interventions
Shordt, K., Cairncross, S.
IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre
The study shows that most behaviors changed as intended, but this does not prove that over time these behaviors will fade and people to revert back to less hygienic behavior. In water programs, sustained access to clean water is not enough to continue desirable hygiene behavior.
Household Water Management: Reﬁning the Dominant Paradigm
Clasen, T., Cairncross, S.
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Vol 9(2); 187-191
Contaminated water causes an increase in incidence of diarrhea in communities. This paper explores the importance of clean water and its association with incidence of diarrhea. Increased water quantity and quality from the water source, and proper storage and treatment can help reduce diarrhea.
Household Drinking Water in Developing Countries: A Systematic Review of Microbiological Contamination Between Source and Point-of-Use
Wright, J., Gundry, S., Conroy, R.
Tropical Medicine and International Health; Vol 9, Issue 1, 106-117
The bacteriological quality of water declines during household storage. Water at the source contains fewer fecal and coliform counts, but household storage increases contaminant levels. Safe household storage and treatment is recommended to improve the situation.
A cross-portfolio assessment of projects identifies lessons learned and best practices for System-wide Collaborative Action for Livelihoods and the Environment (SCALE), to help improve people’s livelihoods and quality of life by helping people manage their natural resources in a sustainable way.
Financing Small Water Supply and Sanitation Service Providers: Exploring the Microfinance Option in Sub-Saharan Africa
Mehta, M., Virjee, K.
Water and Sanitation Program
The microfinance sector is relatively new in sub-Saharan Africa and hence market penetration is relatively low. There is evidence of high demand from small-scale provides in water supply and sanitation, however, to realize this, there needs to be greater technical and public policy support.