This blog aims to regularly report experiences, stories and questions on sustainable water supply and sanitation. The blog is a forum for asking questions and provoking debate on how sustainability of water and sanitation systems can be improved. It seeks to provide examples and learn from failures. It does not aim to provide ready-made answers; if those would exist, they would win the Nobel Prize for Water, or, more likely, the Silver Bullet Award.
The blog is managed by IRC. It draws mainly on learning from the Triple S (Sustainable Service at Scale) and WASHCost projects. Triple-S is a six-year, multi-country learning initiative to improve water supply to the rural poor. The initiative is currently operating in Ghana and Uganda. Lessons learned from work in countries feeds up to the international level where Triple-S is promoting a re-appraisal of how development assistance to the rural water supply sector is designed and implemented. WASHCost is a five-year action research programme, running from 2008 to 2012. The WASHCost team is gathering information related to the true costs of providing water, sanitation, and hygiene services for an entire life-cycle of a service—from implementation all the way to post-construction.
We invite you to contribute to this blog as well by sharing your thoughts and stories, by provoking and questioning, and sharing these debates more widely.