Water safe communities: An approach towards achieving SDG 6.1 in Nepal

Working with communities to strengthen and sustain water supply and safety

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UNICEF Nepal/2021/SKLama


In response to increasing concerns over water quality, UNICEF supported the Government of Nepal to successfully pilot the concept of the “water safe community”. A water safe community is the one where drinking water is (i) available to every household at their premises or within a 30-minute round trip, (ii) water quality conforms to the national water quality standards, (iii) has a sustainable operation and maintenance mechanism, and (iv) inclusive and active water supply user committee.

This field note presents the results of this initiative, showcasing how UNICEF's advocacy was key to the Government of Nepal's adoption and successes of the water safe community approach in close to 50 communities in the country - the scaling up of which has the potential to strengthen equitable and sustainable access to safe water across Nepal. 

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