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In regions of known water scarcity, people can often spend more than 6 hours of each day gathering water of varying quality. 1 in 9 people don't have access to safe water.

The purpose of this project is to create a collaborative environment around:

  • mapping existing clean water sources
  • gathering resources for helping construct and maintain water collection, and other "alternative" systems
  • assist in development of a modular data standard for collecting and storing Water Point data as well as historical data

Mapping will provide information to locate these sources quickly, and assist in the maintenance assessment of water demand. A data standard will help organizations in this space share information and combine efforts.

Sharing instructions and results of various "home brew" solutions, can help people in remote regions share their success and contribute to the overall water production.

Water demands on the system can be reduced, by providing resources to individuals and communities to build rainwater collection systems. In a 2008 study, the EPA published a municipal handbook for water harvesting [1], showing closed systems reducing their water demand by 50%.


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External Resources

  • - provides innovative, market-based solutions that change lives every day through safe water and sanitation.
  • Improve International
    • Improve International is currently working on WPDx, the Water Point Data exchange with approximately 15 organizations - " We are working to collaboratively develop this standard to allow governments, service providers, NGOs, and researchers to easily share their water point data. "