Providing sustainable water services in rural areas is our core business. We offer preventive maintenance, repairs and even replacement of systems free of charge at the end of lifetime. In exchange, we charge a fixed price per liter. Extremely poor people can be exempted from paying, yet this may lead to higher water prices for other people.
Water Forever provides this “Full Maintance Service Model” for communities with single water points (hand pumps, mechanized boreholes, etc) or small piped networks. In the latter case, we prefer to combine prepaid communal water points with prepaid household connections, which is what people really aspire for. Moreover families with private connections use a lot more water which will contribute to financial sustainability of water systems.
Donor organizations often opt for single water points (lower investment costs), but what people really want is water close to their homes. We therefore urge donors to consider piped water systems and to include revolving funds for private connections. The investment costs for such schemes are higher, but if the total population is above 600-1.000 persons, such piped systems are cheaper and much more sustainable in the long run.