Water sanitation hygiene

Small water supply management

Indian women at a water point
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The provision of safe and acceptable drinking-water of sufficient quantity frequently represents a challenge to small water supply systems in both developed and developing countries.

Small supplies are more frequently associated with outbreaks of waterborne disease than larger water supply systems. Typically small supplies are more vulnerable to breakdown and contamination than larger water supply systems, and often experience greater administrative, managerial or resourcing challenges.

Investing in small water supplies will reduce waterborne disease outbreaks and overall costs in terms of the prevention of illness, death and associated health-care costs.

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