A reliable and sufficient supply of clean water is essential to the survival and wellbeing of all human societies. It is all too easy for developed countries to take a plentiful and safe water supply entirely for granted, but in many parts of the world, access to this this life-giving resource is fragile at best. Importantly, reliable, sustainable water supplies are key to development.
Fragile water supplies are at risk from a number of factors including changes in weather conditions, poorly maintained or non-existent supply infrastructure, use by industry, or contamination of groundwater. Climate change, population growth and civil unrest only add to the complexity of this long-term systemic issue.
The Walker Institute is working on the ground, with researchers, aid organisations, programme developers and local communities to identify the issues facing clean, reliable water supply, and to propose, implement and manage practical water management schemes for many of the most vulnerable communities on our planet, particularly in sub-Sahel Africa.