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Scaling up community management of rural water supply [Quality Assurance: Sandy Cairncross]

Author(s): Schouten, Ton  |  Cairncross, Sandy

Publisher: WEDC
Place of publication: Loughborough University, UK
Year: 2006

Series: WELL Fact Sheet
Collection(s): WELL


Community management is the leading model for implementing rural water supply systems. It is regarded as the best way to secure sustainable water supply in rural areas. However, many communities struggle with their management tasks and many water systems break down after some years. 'Scaling up' is a new approach, set out in a number of recent documents (see References below), which seeks to strengthen community management. It advocates continuous support to communities in the management of their water services, and seeks to expand coverage from the current 'islands of community success' to larger areas, reaching entire populations.

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