Category: Water and Sanitation

For more information on this topic, please visit the Water Resources Development portal.
  • A Manual on Hygiene Promotion
    • About promoting safe hygiene including What is Hygiene Promotion, 6 Steps to Hygiene Promotion, Risk Practices, Practices to Target, Motivating Behavior Change and Communicating Hygiene. Part of the UNICEF Technical Guidelines Series.
  • A Manual on School Sanitation and Hygiene
    • About the importance of school sanitation and hygiene including planning and implementing improvements at the district, national, school and community levels. Part of the UNICEF Technical Guidelines Series.
  • A Water Handbook
    • About Water and Sustainable Development including Water Resources, Community-Based Management of the Water Environment, Water and Health, Community Participation and Management, Cost and Cost Effectiveness, Water Technologies and Maintenance of Water Supply Systems. Part of the UNICEF Technical Guidelines Series.
  • Chemical hazards in drinking-water
    • The WHO Guidelines for Drinking-Water Quality include facts sheets and comprehensive review documents for many individual chemicals. For many of these, guideline values are derived. All of these can be accessed through the following alphabetical list.
  • Emergency Water Supply
    • Information on drinking water, how to purify water, and how to store clean water in preparation for an emergency.
  • Manual on Communication for Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation Programmes
    • Experience from the health and education sectors and lessons learned have led us to make programming changes in the sector with a paradigm shift towards sanitation and hygiene education for behaviour change as well as community management of the water environment.
  • Passive Air Conditioning
    • Low Evergy Cooling, How Cool Towers Work, Basic Cool Tower Design, Design of Your Tower, Common Cool Tower Design, Advanced Cool Tower Design
  • Report of the Evaluation of the Government of Rwanda – UNICEF Water and Environmental Sanitation Programme
    • This report presents the evaluation of the performance and impact of the Government of Rwanda–UNICEF Water and Environmental Sanitation (WES) Bridging Programme implemented in 66 of Rwanda’s 154 Communes during the period 1997-2000. The evaluation was conducted in 10 out of the 66 WES communes and represents an assessment of the Programme firstly in these 10 communes.
  • Rough Road to Sustainable Development: Water, Sanitation and Housing Among Africa's Environment Priorities
    • Article from "Africa Renewal" on water, sanitation and housing in Africa. "Africa Renewal" is an information programme produced by the Africa Section of the UN Department of Public Informatin that provides current information and analysis of the major economic and development challenges facing Africa today. The Africa Renewal programme examines the many issues that confront the people of Africa, its leaders and its international partners: economic reform, debt, education, health, women's advancement, conflict and civil strife, democratization, aid, investment, trade, regional integration, rural development and many other topics.
  • Save and Grow
    • The Green Revolution led to a quantum leap in food production and bolstered world food security. In many countries, however, intensive crop production has depleted agriculture’s natural resource base, jeopardizing future productivity. In order to meet projected demand over the next 40 years, farmers in the developing world must double food production, a challenge made even more daunting by the combined effects of climate change and growing competition for land, water and energy.
  • Self Help Wells
    • The purpose of this book is to review the methods for well drilling and digging which can be done with local material and by local people. The book is intended for engineers, agronomists, health experts, etc. who may wish to help people obtain a better water supply. The book is not for highly sophisticated societies nor for those interested in the normal, capital-intensive techniques of well drilling. The aim of the book is not to provide formulae and detailed instructions for specific conditions but to provide ideas, some of which may be useful in a specific location. The emphasis is on using and building on resources which are available rather than on importing technologies.
  • Solar Water Heater Principles
    • Diagram of solar water heater.
  • The Role of Women and Girls in Water and Sanitation
    • In much of the world, women and girls are traditionally responsible for domestic water supply and sanitation, and maintaining a hygienic home environment. As managers at the household level, women also have a higher stake in the improvement of water and sanitation services and in sustaining facilities.
  • The Sanitation Gap: Development’s Deadly Menace
    • Water and sanitary page.
  • UNICEF: Importance of Hygiene
    • An article about the importance of water sanitation and hygiene.
  • Water and Sanitation
    • Learn more about USAID's water and sanitation program.
  • Water Distillation Principles
    • Instruction on how to distill water
  • Water Resources Development Portal
    • Information for people interested in developing rural water resources. This collection was organized by The WiderNet Project & Wellspring Africa.
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
    • Almost fifty per cent of the developing world’s population – 2.5 billion people – lack improved sanitation facilities, and over 884 million people still use unsafe drinking water sources.