It's never just as simple as building a well
The model for development has evolved over the years.
To truly change the outlook for an entire community, to ensure that as many people as possible can thrive because they have clean water and reliable sanitation, we need to monitor our projects.
As technology has improved, this has become easier.
MWater - monitoring water projects globally
In 2012 WaterAid started working with MWater, to share just some of our water point data. Since then we have uploaded the coordinates of some of our water projects - a number in excess of 12,300 and growing.
Things (can) fall apart - but usually don't
The goal is 100% functioning clean water points, this is always the aim. Now thanks to MWater we have a far more robust understanding of which water points are working, and, most importantly, those that are not.
This level of visibility is incredibly useful, it means local staff can commission repairs and restore service far more effectively.
It's another useful data point as we strive to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of all projects because beyond the technical problems and connectivity issues: at our core, we are working for those people that currently do not have access to clean water or sanitation facilities.