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.
Making Water Work: Small Water Enterprises Provide Communities Access to Safe Drinking Water
Skoczlas Cole, A., Soderlund, K.
Water Quality Products
As the global water sector begins to focus not only on the number of people with access to water, but the quality dimensions of that access, this paper examines small water enterprises as a means to provide affordable, safe water to those most in need.
Mobile for Development Utilities: Improving Water Service Delivery Through Mobile Data Collection
Inefficient water delivery services have led to consumers in mostly sub-Saharan Africa and Asia without access to improved drinking water. Mobile technology is now being used to collect and share data on water functionality and use, hoping to improve water service delivery.
This guide has the researched and tested methods of Safe Water Network in providing sustainable water systems in developing nations. Such systems often face barriers in quality, financial sustainability, ownership, and inclusiveness, which the organization has managed to overcome with experience.
Smart Lessons - Bringing Water to Where It is Needed Most: Innovative Private Sector Participation in Water & Sanitation
International Finance Corporation
World Bank Group; Water and Sanitation Program
A variety of experiences highlight innovative and diverse initiatives across the World Bank Group, ranging from the Water Footprints Network that supports businesses improving their water use efficiency to the innovative financing mechanisms enabling the expansion of rural water access in Kenya.
Results of Round I of the WHO International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies
In the short-run, household water treatment and safe storage can reduce contaminated water consumption and thus water-borne diseases. A number of these treatments are available and were found to meet WHO recommended performance targets. Behavior interventions and better regulations are still needed.
The Costs of Meeting the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal Targets on Drinking Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
Hutton, G., Varughese, M.
Water and Sanitation Program
The study assesses the global costs of meeting WASH-related goals of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6). It concludes that current financing is sufficient in covering the capital costs of SDG6, however, three times the amount of current capital investment is required.
Rapid Assessment of Water Supply: City of Visakhapatnam
Safe Water Network
The first in a series of reports under the USAID-funded Urban Small Water Enterprises for Smarter Cities project, this report gives an in-depth look at the city water supply in Vizag with important findings for improving efficiencies of the piped network, and expanding urban small water enterprises.
Association of Supply Type with Fecal Contamination of Source Water and Household Stored Drinking Water in Developing Countries: A Bivariate Meta-analysis
Shields, K., Bain, R., Cronk, R., Wright, J., Bartram, J.
Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol 123, Number 12
This study assessed the relationship between fecal contamination at water source and in household stored water, and found that water quality substantially deteriorates by the time it reaches the household. Non-piped water has higher odds of being contaminated, possibly due to residual chlorine.
Upgrading a Piped Water Supply from Intermittent to Continuous Delivery and Association with Waterborne Illness: A Matched Cohort Study in Urban India
Ercumen, A., Arnold, B., Kumpel, E., Burt, Z., Ray, I., Nelson, K., Colford Jr., J.
This study proves that intermittent delivery of piped water compared to continuous delivery can lead to waterborne diseases because of pipe contamination, during household storage, use of alternative water which is unsafe, and limited water availability for hygiene.
Sustainable Supply of Safe Drinking Water for Underserved Households in Kenya: Investigating the Viability of Decentralized Solutions
Cherunya, P., Janezic, C., Leuchner, M.
Open Access Water, Vol 7, 5437-5457
This study compares user preference and perception of water quality and water provision services in underserved communities in Kenya. Most households consume water from multiple sources and perceive their drinking water to be unclean. They are aware of water treatment methods, but treat irregularly.