Social Components of Community Water Supply and Sanitation

by Edwin W. Lee,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


The successful implementation of water supply and sanitation programs in developing countries depends not only on the provision of adequate funding and the selection of appropriate technologies but also the melding of social components at the community level. These factors include social, cultural and behavioral aspects of a society and their integration with technical and economic components. The paper reviews these various social components and explains the importance for consideration of these factors.

Subject Headings: Social factors | Water supply | Economic factors | Sanitary engineering | Financing | Developing countries | Organizations

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