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Governmental Resources

  • U.S. Agency for International Development/Global Health - USAID programs in global health represent the commitment and determination of the US government to prevent suffering, save lives, and create a brighter future for families in the developing world. USAID's objective is to improve global health, including child, maternal, and reproductive health, and the reduction of abortion and disease.

  • World Health Organization/Environmental Health - This web site page provides links to various WHO programs working on Children's Environmental Health, Indoor Air Pollution, Sanitation, Water Supply and other environmental health topics.

    African Regional Water Resources Information System - The UN-Water/Africa (formerly IGWA) comprises many UN agencies, including the Economic Commission for Africa, United Nations Environmental Program, World Meteorological Organization, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,The United Nations Children's Fund, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Human Settlements Programme, Water and Sustainable Development Programme in Africa, The New Partnership for Africa's Development, African Development Bank Group

Water Supply

  • Water Environment Federation Formed in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 32,000 individual members and 80 affiliated Member Associations representing an additional 50,000 water quality professionals throughout the world. WEF and its member associations proudly work to achieve our mission of preserving and enhancing the global water environment.

  • Center for Global Safe Water - conducts applied research, evaluation, and training to promote global health equity through universal access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions for the world's most vulnerable populations. Principal partners include Emory University, CARE USA, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Multiple Use Water Services Group - This portal provides information on the provision of multiple use water services. It focuses on how these may be made to work for poverty reduction by supporting people to get access to water for both domestic and productive activities. The productive focus is on small-scale activities like backyard gardening, livestock keeping and micro-enterprises.

  • International Water Association (IWA) - IWA was founded in September 1999 by the merger of the International Association of Water Quality (IAWQ) and the International Water Supply Association (IWSA).

  • U.S.Agency for International Development/Water - USAID has made the preservation and environmentally sound development of the world's water resources a top priority. The Agency's investments have helped improve access to safe and adequate water supply and sanitation, improve irrigation technology, enhance natural environments, and develop better institutional capacity for water resources management in countries around the world.

  • World Water Council - The World Water Council was established in 1996. Its mission is to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels to facilitate the efficient management and use of water in all its dimensions. 

Sanitation/Water Supply

  • IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) - Founded in 1968, IRC facilitates the sharing, promotion and use of knowledge so that governments, professionals and organizations can better support poor men, women and children in developing countries to obtain water and sanitation services they will use and maintain.

  • UNICEF/Water, Environment and Sanitation - UNICEF works in more than 90 countries around the world to improve water supplies and sanitation facilities in schools and communities, and to promote safe hygiene practices.

  • West Africa Water Initiative - In its first six-year phase, this partnership of thirteen international institutions in investing more than $45 million small-scale, potable water supply, sanitation, hygiene, and integrated water resources management in Ghana, Mali, and Niger.

  • WHO/Water, Sanitation and Health - This web site provides information on WHO programs and publications in water-related disease, water, sanitation and hygiene development, wastewater reuse, water supply and sanitation monitoring and other areas.

  • World Bank Water Supply and Sanitation - The World Bank is the world's largest external financier of water supply and sanitation. Its web site provides information on what the World Bank does in terms of strategy and policies, lending portfolio, and knowledge and learning.

Water Conservation

  • Water Use It Wisely - Offers 100 water-saving tips by region.
  • H2ouse.org - Take the tour to investigate your water saving opportunities in each area of your home.
  • United Water - Summer conservation guide filled with helpful tips for saving water outdoors.
  • H2O Conserve - Interactive calculator estimates your total water use and provides a detailed report with personalized tips to help you save water.
  • FEMA - Offers indoor and outdoor tips for water conservation.
  • WaterSense - Provides water-efficiency information and tips targeted specifically for consumers, businesses, utilities and communities.
  • DrinkTap.org - Offers helpful water use statistics and conservation tips.
  • ENERGYguide - Provides an individually customized energy-use analysis and cost-cutting plan to help homes and businesses save money and become more energy-efficient.
  • National Drought Mitigation Center - Includes drought information and planning tools by state.