Safe Water Network is working to bring reliable access to clean, affordable water to underserved communities globally, through field implementation, sector engagement, and technical assistance.
In India and Ghana, Safe Water Network’s operations have connected over 1.7 million people with access to safe water through a market-based approach of decentralised small water enterprises (SWEs). SWEs are well suited to the fastest growing areas in the developing world where the need for safe water is far outpacing government capacity to provide services.
Safe Water Network’s approach utilises locally adaptable micro-utilities and kiosks that process water to national quality standards and sell it at rates affordable to people living on $1-2/day.
These locally owned and managed SWEs, implemented in clusters for efficient maintenance through a regional service team, meet the safe water needs of communities whose populations are too small for urban utilities, but dense enough to overwhelm small-scale technology like hand pumps. The SWEs generate revenue from water sales to cover operating expenses and support long-term technical services and maintenance requirements.
The Foundation is supporting Safe Water Network’s expansion of services in Ghana, with a current focus on growing its piped connection programme, which brings convenient and safe access to clean water from a local SWE directly to households, health facilities, schools, and small businesses; and developing a sales function within the field team. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, additional funding has been granted towards its COVID-19 Response Plan to help address challenges and expand its social impact.