In 2015 governments committed to Sustainable Development Goal 6.1: universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030.
Rural communities have traditionally suffered from lack of access to essential services such as water and sanitation, in comparison to urban populations. SDG 6 means closing that gap, but also improving the quality, accessibility and reliability of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. The ultimate goal – sustainable water in every household – can normally better be achieved via piped networks.
This report, written by WaterAid and Aguaconsult, has been developed primarily for WaterAid staff and partners to help in the selection of management models for piped water supply systems in rural and small town contexts. It is also being made available as an external resource for other organisations, including national governments and development partners.