Improving Water Supply Sustainability (IWAS)


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The project goal is to contribute to improved functionality and sustainability of rural water supplies.

Functionality of rural water sources in rural areas, managed by local communities, is a challenge in Uganda. Low functionality is often attributed to several factors such as: weak capacity of the community water source committees to maintain water supply facilities coupled with weak institutional support mechanism for operation and maintenance at district level.

The lack of spare parts supply chain makes repairs expensive yet the willingness of water users to pay is low. In SNV's experience, two crucial issues need to be addressed for functionality to be structurally improved: preventive maintenance and appropriate savings mechanisms at community level (to reduce repairs and ensure that they can take place timely, if required) and strong post-construction support at district level (including a component for bundling of services to attract the private sector)

SNV Uganda is implementing a three year project - Improving Water Supply Sustainability with funding from the Coordination Office for Development Cooperation of the Austrian Embassy, Kampala. The project goal is to contribute to improved functionality and sustainability of rural water supplies with specific focus on increasing functionality of the existing water sources. The project is being implemented in four districts in Northern Uganda.

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