Self-supply is defined as improvements to household or community water supplies that are fully financed by the owners themselves. Neither governments nor NGOs provide subsidies for capital investment or for operation and maintenance. The products and services for the water source improvements are usually provided on a commercial basis by local private enterprises.
It is the owners of the improved water supplies that choose the technologies and get construction going. Private investment in household water supplies is already substantial and will grow. Technologies suited to Self-supply in rural areas include hand dug wells and boreholes fitted with pumps, rain water harvesting systems, household water treatment and even small piped systems. Self-supply sources have contributed to the MDGs and will also contribute to the post-MDG targets for water supply. It is essential that efforts by water users themselves to improve their own water supplies are better understood, acknowledged and improved.
- Guidelines for Developing a Self Supply Acceleration Plan for your Area (IRC, 2014)
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