Safe water in a few days – achieved through community involvement in the first implementation phase of rural water projects

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This approach was first tried out in Uganda in 2004, and has since been applied by Fontes Foundation on numerous occasions in Uganda and Mozambique. The approach has mainly been used for small rural piped water systems, with the main distribution taking place from public taps. After a phase of technical planning, design and community mobilization, all equipment is delivered in the village. Then, a large team from Fontes Foundation puts in place the first infrastructure of the water system together with the community over only a few days.