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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

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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Trade-offs and choices: realities in urban sanitation projects

Development charities don’t often talk about the difficulties; about the delays and frustrations. They will tell you of the awful situation people faced, and then “ta dah” here’s our solution. Why? Because we don’t want to apportion blame or appear somehow incompetent. But shouldn’t we try to loo...
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Our hands, our future

Since 2008, Global Handwashing Day has been celebrated annually, worldwide on 15 October.  It presents an opportunity to campaign, motivate and mobilize people around the world to improve their handwashing habits by raising awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap. This year Pract...
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Systematic engagement of stakeholders can improve the sanitation situations in Dhenkanal Municipality

Written by Ganesh Parida, Senior Project Officer, Project Nirmal Dhenkanal Municipality, is a small town in the state of Odisha, India. Witha a total area of 30.92 Sq. km and it spreads over 23 municipal Wards. As per the 2011 Census, the total population of the town is 67,414, out of which 34...
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Championing sanitation in Kisumu

On the outskirts of Kenya’s third largest city, Kisumu are rusty shacks that dot the landscape. This is Nyalenda settlement, an informal dwelling of at least 60,000 residents (as per the 2009 national population census). Nyalenda is the second largest informal settlement in Kisumu, after Many...
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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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