The U.S. Agency for International Development's Water and Sanitation for Health (WASH) Project: Lessons of the Decade

by J. Ellis Turner, WASH operations Cent, Arlington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Supplying Water and Saving the Environment for Six Billion People


A review of the International Decade of Water Supply and Sanitation of the 1980's shows the enormous accomplishments made to date: 600 million more people served with a drinkable water supply, 360 million more with sanitation, and many additional countries with sector or 'Decade' plans in place for providing water and sanitation for all. With nearly ten years of experience behind it, the WASH Project has built up a significant body of knowledge regarding what makes for success both in the provision of technical assistance and in the development of rural water supply and sanitation projects. The lessons fall into two general categories. The first category (Technical Assistance) deals with establishing and operating a technical assistance program. The second category contains lessons from the field that should be of special concern to any group of people charged with the responsibility for planning, implementing, financing, or evaluating water supply and sanitation programs and projects. The lessons are grouped around basic overaching principles, which are also discussed.

Subject Headings: International waters | Water quality | Water supply systems | Public health and safety | Rural areas | Field tests | Financing | Water supply

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