The Water Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA) has published the seventh edition of their WaSH Policy Research Digest. The focus is on Intermittent Water Supply. Intermittent water supply, or water provided to users on a discontinuous basis, is common in many countries. In fact, in some it is the norm rather than the exception. Interruptions in water supply can last for hours or even days, with the time that water is unavailable exceeding the time that it is available.
Key Policy and Programmatic Takeaways
- Intermittent water supply is common in many countries and puts millions of users at risk of diarrheal disease
- Short term mitigating approaches include maintaining an adequate chlorine residual and encouraging point of use treatment and safe in-home storage methods
- Longer term approaches must address the systematic problems, such as high water losses and poor management, that result in intermittent supply
- Continuous water supply is achievable and should be one of the aims of any program of utility reform
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Published quarterly, the Digests comprises a review of a recent article or report, and a short literature review on a WaSH topic. It provides objective, concise, and timely information to advise WaSH policy development.