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Improving access to water in developing countries
- Research conducted by WEDC experts resulted in safe water supplies for over a million people.
Research conducted by WEDC experts has resulted in safe water supplies for over a million people.
Less than 20% of the population in sub-Saharan Africa use piped water. In urban areas, non-piped sources – including boreholes, springs and hand-dug wells – are highly susceptible to contamination.
Research conducted by experts from the University’s Water Engineering and Development Centre has helped more than one million people to access safe urban water services – enhancing their health and quality of life.
Three major projects confirmed that many people would pay for piped-water services, but that the cost – particularly the initial installation charge – is too high. The work also established a methodology for implementing Water Safety Plans.
The findings formed the basis of the Ugandan National Water and Sewerage Corporation’s (NWSC) change-management programmes – resulting in improved services for existing customers and encouraging thousands of new households to access safe piped water services.
Affordable safe water
An improved understanding of customers and differentiated service levels and pricing has ensured that people can afford safe piped water
Existing NWSC customers have received improved services and 526,000 customers have been able to access safe piped water
NWSC has provided advisory and consultancy services in change-management programmes for urban water utilities in 12 countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean
One million people
In total the research has helped more than one million people to access safe piped water services and resulted in a safe, stable and profitable water supply sector.