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Water and sanitation

The world’s water resources are under increasing pressure due to intensive farming, increasing population, and political tensions. This situation is exacerbated by climate change and environmental degradation.

Poor disposal of human and household waste encourages vermin and insects to thrive, and water and food become contaminated. Water-related diseases cause the death of 3.5 million people every year, and many children die before the age of five from diseases caused by drinking dirty water and living in unsanitary conditions.

Projects

Urban water and waste projects

Current and recent projects to improve access to drinking water, sanitation and waste services for the urban poor.

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Faecal sludge management in Bangladesh

Practical Action has won a prestigious innovation award from the International Water Association for our work on ‘faecal sludge management’ in Bangladesh.

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Examples of our approach

Solar-powered water pumps

A solar-powered water pump that uses locally-sourced equipment can pump 30,000 clean litres of clean, safe water every day.

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Improved toilets

Some of the world’s poorest people are those who live in slums, Practical Action is working to install effective sanitation in these areas

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Rainwater harvesting

Captures rainwater before it can be washed away, to be used once the rains have passed and soil is dehydrated

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Dams

Sand or earth can be used to build these water storage systems, for areas where precious rainwater does not come often enough

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Irrigation

Simple irrigation techniques help families move from malnutrition to self-sufficiency.

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Health and hygiene education

People living in poverty stricken areas have poor hygiene behaviour and lack of sanitation due to rapid and haphazard urbanisation

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Water distillation

With the use of solar power, people living in hot coastal regions can successfully distil their precious water

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News from our blogs - water and sanitation

Why I felt it was important to break the silence

This year on the International Women’s Day, I felt like sharing my personal story relating to “Menstruation”. Yes, we bleed! It is not comfortable! Perhaps the most discomforting part is the practice of tiptoeing around it. Periods are the “one issue” we have been going to an extreme length to...
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FSM in Bangladesh: How to operationalize the Institutional and Regulatory Framework?

Bangladesh is considered a role model in the world for its achievement in providing access to sanitation for all. Currently, more than 99% of people in Bangladesh use toilets. The positive progress has created challenges. Issues such as how to empty the toilets, and how to deal safely with the fa...
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Water is life for villagers in Darfur

  A simple solution like a solar powered water pump can have a profound impact on a community. This is eloquently demonstrated in these first-hand accounts from residents of two villages in drought-prone North Darfur. These stories were collected and written by Hamid Bakheet. "We w...
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‘Woman’s Hour’ in Odisha

Growing up and becoming a young woman in India can be a confusing, terrifying prospect in some rural and poor urban communities. Young women are given the barest of facts and no proper explanation of what is happening to their bodies. Traditions tell them they are both ‘unclean’ while menstruatin...
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Managing the sanitation challenge for Rohingya refugees

Nearly a million people of Rohingya community are living in the makeshift shelters in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh, fleeing persecution in neighbouring Myanmar. Hasin Jahan, Practical Action’s country director in Bangladesh, recently visited the camp and describes her experience. I...
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Related documents

Water and sanitation documents

From policy reports and briefing documents to case studies and research papers, you will find all documents on water and sanitation here.

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