It is estimated that approximately one billion people today are without access to suitable water. For people in rural areas in developing countries, one in three water supply systems don’t function at all or perform far below the expected level. As a result, about 25% of the developing world’s rural population who supposedly have an improved supply actually do not.
The International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) was given a $20 million grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop models for more sustainable water supply services. Triple-S seeks to identify sustainable approaches to water delivery and access by departing from project-based, one-off and stand-alone water systems. Instead, it intends to realise indefinitely sustainable water services delivered at scale.
Arup's international development team was asked to help develop a strategy and high-level plan, for this six-year multi-country initiative. We led a collaborative process, with national and local partners, to create a strategic planning framework. The tool enables countries in different situations to focus on creating the best service delivery approach for them.
We are continuing to advise on the project, as country and district-specific service delivery models are piloted in Ghana, Uganda, Mozambique, Burkina Faso and India.