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The 2019 RWSN directory of rural water supply services, tariffs, management models and lifecycle costs 2019 Edition [ENGLISH]

The rural water supply sector is undergoing a period of change. In response to the challenges of achieving universal access to safe, affordable drinking water and sustaining those services, there has been increasing innovation in different types of rural water service models.

This Directory is intended to show the growing range of management options. Some are novel interventions that are still being piloted, others have been established for a decade or more.

Also includes: Handpump Statistics 2019 (from WPDx data from Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia-Pacific)

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Making Rights Real - Hindi version

All countries agree that water and sanitation services are human rights. Governments are obliged to do everything
that they can to ensure that everyone can realise their human rights. The materials for “Making Rights Real” are designed to show local government officials how human rights can improve the way water and sanitation services are planned, delivered and maintained.

Local government is arguably the most important level of government for realising the human rights to water and sanitation: This is where national plans will be put into action and good, sustainable services for water and sanitation are built, run and maintained.

The materials for “Making Rights Real” consist of three documents that are intended for use in one-on-one conversations between WASH sector professionals and local government officials, and that can then be referred back to. The materials are purposefully concise and focus entirely on the practical value of human rights. WASH sector professionals working at the local level will be best placed to put these materials into their particular context.

The three documents are:
The Pocket Guide – Basic thoughts and principles
The Journey –The process at a glance
The Manual –Each step explained

The documents are designed to be used as a set, starting with the Pocket Guide. Please make sure you are selecting the right file to download (there are screen only versions and versions which can be printed). These materials are available in English, Hindi, Spanish, Portuguese, Oromo and French (see below). | »

Towards managing rural water quality in the state of Punjab, India

The objective of this study was to systematically examine the drinking water quality issue, and provide practical guidance to the State of Punjab on possible responses.

While the study sought to provide an analytical basis for understanding the occurrence and impact of the contamination, practical actions were explored and demonstrated to allow the State to begin actively managing the water quality issue. The study is designed around three key areas:
1. Understanding the problem. The first is understanding the scope and scale of the problem, the reasons why pollution was appearing in the deeper aquifer where water supply tube wells are located, where the pollution coming from, and what were the attributable health impacts on the rural population.
2. Taking appropriate action. The second explores the actions that can be taken by the state to manage the water quality issue, by managing its water supply sources, ensuring that communities engage in safe water use behaviors, and continuously monitoring water quality to continue to understand the pollution characteristics and guide the ongoing management actions required.
3. Institutional sensitization and action. The third is around of the institutions that are responsible for water quality and its effects, their understanding of this emerging issue, and their ability to take coordinated action. | »

Gender and social analysis of the Dhundi Solar Cooperative, Gujarat Findings from the field visits 3-4 March 2018

On 3-4 March 2018, Gyan Rai, Rahul Rathod and Barbara van Koppen visited the Dhundi Solar Cooperative, Gujarat. The visits were prepared, and preliminary findings were discussed with Tushaar Shah and Shilp Verma. The purpose of the visit was for Barbara van Koppen to learn about the cooperative, and, together, to explore some gender dimensions of the solar enterprise. | »

Wider Asia and Pacific Regional Learning Event on Service Delivery Approach to Rural Water Supply Presentations

The RWSN Asia-Pacific Learning event was held in Bangkok, hosted by The World Bank, SNV and WaterAid Australia. 57 delegates from 14 governments attended to share knowledge and expertise on rural water services. | »

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