Urban Water Scarcity Guidance Note

Preventing Day Zero


Water shortages are a major risk in urban areas – including secondary towns and cities – around the world. This Guidance Note was created in response to that risk and describes the implications on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programming for UNICEF staff and partners, with suggested interventions. It highlights the dynamic threat of urban water scarcity and the importance of assessing the resilience of urban WASH services by considering current and future available safe water against projected water demand. It also explores the impact of water scarcity on the affordability, sustainability and quality of urban WASH services.

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