Small-Scale Water Program
East MeetsWest’s (EMW’s) Clean Water Program in Vietnam is a model for affordable an sustainable delivery of safe drinking water to rural areas. 450,000 people in 250 villages have gained piped access to clean water at the affordable cost of $50 for a household connection.
Residents contribute labor to dig the pipe trenches, purchase their own house connections for water, and pay for water consumption Water managers selected from each community collect fees for water usage , operate and maintain the systems the systems and provide feedback to EMW.
Combining this approach with Output-Based Aid increases the long-term success of each water project. OBA ties reimbursements to service providers to the verification of successful household conections and services. The results are reduced water-borne illnesses, improved community health, and eliminating the need to collect water every day.