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.
Assessing the Impact of Drinking Water and Sanitation on Diarrhoeal Disease in Low- and Middle-Income Settings: Systematic Review and Meta-Regression
Wolf et al.
Tropical Medicine and International Health
Results show there are notable differences in illness reduction according to the type of improved water and sanitation implemented. Evidence from well-conducted intervention studies assessing exclusive use of adequate access and supply of safe water is still very limited.
Burden of Disease from Inadequate Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Low- and Middle-Income Settings: A Retrospective Analysis of Data from 145 Countries
Prüss-Üstün et al.
Tropical Medicine and International Health
This study confırms the importance of improving water and sanitation in low- and middle-income settings for the prevention of diarrhoeal disease burden, and underscores the need for better data on exposure and risk reductions that can be achieved with provision of reliable piped water.
Comparison and Cost Analysis of Drinking Water Quality Monitoring Requirements versus Practice in Seven Developing Countries
Crocker, J., and Bartram, J.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
This is the first study to look quantitatively at water quality monitoring practices in multiple developing countries. There is potential for substantive optimization of monitoring programs with field-based testing and by fundamentally reconsidering monitoring approaches for non-piped supplies.
A Comparative Study of Fluoride and Other Water Quality Parameters of Borewell Water of Nalgonda Town of Telangana, India
Garimella, S., Merugu, R.
International Journal of Water Research
Several borewells in Nalgonda Town in India were tested for levels of fluoride, chlorine, nitrate, nitrites, ammonium, total dissolved salts, and total hardness. Results show that most of these borewells have more than acceptable levels of these contaminants.
How to Spend a Penny: 10 Lessons from Funding Market-Based Approaches in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Stone Family Foundation
The Stone Family Foundation focuses its funding on innovative and entrepreneurial initiatives that have the potential to offer long-term, sustainable solutions. Here, the Foundation highlights ten lessons learned since its inception in 2010.
Private Capital as a Public Good: How Smart Federal Policy Can Galvanize Impact Investing - and Why It's Urgent
US National Advisory Board on Impact Investing
Massive scale in impact investing will require more intentional and proactive partnership between government and the private sector. This report highlights strategies for partnership to unleash new capital, talent, and energy for social, economic, and environmental good.
Water on an Urban Planet: Urbanization and the Reach of Urban Water Infrastructure
McDonald, R., et al.
Global Enviornmental Change
The first global survey of the large cities’ water sources shows that previous global hydrologic models that ignored urban water infrastructure significantly overestimated urban water stress. However, one in four cities remain water stressed due to geographical and financial limitations.
Accessing Water for Domestic Use: The Challenges Faced in the GA West Municipality, Ghana
International Journal of Social Science and Humanities Research; Vol 2, Issue 2, 78-91
This paper looks at the challenges to water access in the Ga West Municipality located in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. The results show the major challenges are distance from home to water source, expensive cost of water, and the mode of transportation.
This note presents an overview of Safe Water Network's conclusions to date on local ownership and management of community water systems. Topics include clustering of water stations for shared oversight and support systems; public-private partnerships; financing solutions; and system technologies.
Impact of the Provision of Safe Drinking Water on School Absence Rates in Cambodia: A Quasi-Experimental Study
Hunter et al.
There appears to be a strong association between providing free safe drinking water and reduced absenteeism, though only in the dry season. The mechanism for this association is not clear but may in part be due to improved hydration leading to improved school experience for the children.