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Members of the Taliposa community in Nepal attach string to a float as part of a mechanism which monitors water levels.Enabling communities to monitor water levels in Timor-Leste
13 September 2016 

Achievement of universal access to water and sanitation often requires strong community participation. However some tasks, such as monitoring water levels, can be too difficult to fulfil. In Timor-Leste, WaterAid is working with local people to find a sustainable solution. WaterAid's Moises Pereira explains.

Sorgo collects dirty water from a hand-dug open well in Burkina Faso, 2014.

The UK aid strategy: opportunities and challenges for WASH
1 Apr 2016 | Bethan Twigg

The UK Government’s new aid strategy will frame its approach to overseas aid until 2020, and allocates half to fragile states and regions. What does this mean for water, sanitation and hygiene? Bethan Twigg, WaterAid’s UK Advocacy Manager, looks at the potential challenges and opportunities the strategy presents for the sector.

Janet Mavuto, 39, walks through the maize fieldson her way to collect water, Bokola Village, Malawi, March 2012.

Going for gold: experiments in urine reuse
5 Jun 2015 | Rémi Kaupp

As water scarcity and low soil quality squeezes harvests in the world’s poorest countries, research is intensifying into alternatives to expensive and inefficient production of fertilisers. Rémi Kaupp, WaterAid’s urban sanitation specialist, looks at how the answer may be in all of us.

A borehole that lasts for a lifetime

A borehole that lasts for a lifetime
4 Jun 2014 | Vincent Casey

Groundwater is a valuable resource for communities, but accessing and maximising its potential can be difficult. Vincent Casey, WaterAid’s Technical Support Manager for Water Security, introduces a series of videos demonstrating good practice in borehole drilling.

An irrigated maize plantation in Kenya

Water and food: will a Green Revolution bring falling water tables to Africa?
12 September 2014

To feed the growing global population, food production must be greatly increased. Economists have suggested that food shortages could be alleviated by an agricultural revolution in Africa but what might this mean for Africa’s groundwater? Vincent Casey, WaterAid’s Technical Support Manager – Water Security, explores the question.

A community mapping exercise, Burjan tea garden, Sylhet, Bangladesh, 2011.

Scalable approaches to universal sanitation services
27 February 2014

Over the past few years, we have been developing our approach to sanitation, moving from supporting partner organisations to deliver toilets and hygiene promotion programmes towards more sustainable and equitable work.

Water pipes

Understanding why waterpoints fail
27 February 2014

Every year, over 30,000 boreholes fitted with handpumps are installed in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. All will break down at some point. Some will be repaired and return to service. Others will not be fixed and will fall out of use. All will eventually need to be replaced.