Book chapter: Improving Drinking Water Quality in Rural Communities in Mid-Western Nepal

Authors: Sara Marks, Rubika Shrestha

Achieving universal access to safe drinking water is a global challenge, especially in rural areas of low-income countries. In Nepal, most rural households have access to a protected drinking water source. However, for 75% of the rural population, these sources are impacted by fecal and chemical contaminants.

This chapter describes 4 years of applied research on drinking water quality in Mid-Western Nepal, in collaboration with Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and the REACH Programme. The aim of this project was to improve access to safe drinking water for rural households served by the Helvetas Water Resources Management Programme.

This chapter was published in 'Women in Water Quality' edited by Deborah Jean O’Bannon and published by Springer International Publishing.

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