WaterAid is responding to a problem seen around the world: governments and charitable groups install water pumps, wells and other village water systems, but pay insufficient attention to keeping them running. Surveys show that between 30 and 40 percent of water points in rural Africa are out of commission. Many will never be repaired.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way.
In the bad old days, groups that installed water pumps swept in from outside, planned their project with very little input from local villages, did the work, took a lot of pictures and left.