Theme 2Brandt Witte - Friday 12 May 2006
I am the Water and Sanitation Technical Advisor for the Hygiene Improvement Project. I am interested in discussing three very importnat questions that are raised in the background reading for Theme 2: How do programs promote HWTS and ensure that the government continues to supply improved drinking water sources?
1. Does promoting household water treatment and safe storage allow the government to shift the responsibility to individuals to finance their own safe water?
2. How can implementers promote water treatment and safe storage without reflecting negatively on existing water sources, which may or may not be safe to drink?
3. Can organizations working to improve access to water also promote HWTS without sending a confusing and conflicting message to their communities?
These questions come up over and over again in my travels and my own take is that it is important to take a multiple barriers approach and work to ensure drinking water safety at both the community source or catchment and at the household level.