Women collecting water in 

Cite Soleil, Haiti (1999)



Table of Contents


Technical Designs for Rural Water Supply Systems

Appropriate Technologies case studies, essays and applications

Women and Water

Water Related Diseases

General Water Information databases, dictionaries and general facts

NGOs working on projects

Web page information


Samuel Butler a late nineteenth century author wrote, "When the water of a place is bad it is safest to drink none that has not been filtered through either the berry of a grape, or else a tub of malt. These are the most reliable filters yet invented (1951, p. 255)."Technology has since changed, but the use of available and appropriate technology remains just as important. The following pages will not suggest using malt or grapes as filters, but will help readers explore the available resources in their communities and figure out how to provide clean, safe drinking water.

This website is a resource for people working with domestic water supplies for rural communities in developing countries. The site has been designed so all people may have access to the provided information. Within each section you will find a list of key book and web resources, so if you are near the library or not you will find some information below accessible. Each section was designed to be referred to independently of other sections, so several resources are listed multiple times within the website. Blue text indicates a website source – just click to visit the site. 


All the water that will ever be is, right now.

National Geographic, October 1993

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