Technology and training are an essential part of the work we do.

So how do we create sustainable solutions for accessing clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene?

We always look for technology that’s easy to transport, even to the world’s most remote communities. It has to be simple to maintain and made from materials that are readily available in local markets, along with any spare parts.

Our technical solutions won’t involve complex maintenance or expensive components or chemicals. And with the training we provide, they’ll be easy for families and communities to use and maintain, long after our partners have completed their work. 

Nine technologies that help change lives

Say hello to the Handypod

With no decent toilets, some communities in Cambodia are forced to relieve themselves in the same waterways used for washing and swimming. One solution? The Handypod: a basic water purifying system that looks like a floating garden.

Hakley, teacher, inspecting the HandyPod at a school inCambodia, January 2017. WaterAid/Laura Summerton

How do we reach people with taps and toilets?

We use a variety of technologies to reach the poorest and most marginalised people with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. The technologies are low-cost, appropriate to the local area, and can be easily maintained by the communities who use them.

Learn about the technologies >

 

Contact our technical enquiry service

Got a question about the technology we use? Want to tell us about a new water, sanitation or hygiene product you’ve developed?

Our technical enquiry service is run by engineering specialists and is available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Just email [email protected] and they’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

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