Sustaining safely managed drinking water services in rural schools in Chandpur District, Bangladesh

The Government of Bangladesh estimates over 100,000 primary, secondary, private and Madrassa schools need to provide safe and reliable water to every child, every day. Most schools rely on tubewells to provide low-cost and convenient groundwater. Monitoring and improving the delivery of safe water services is a major challenge.

This pilot study in Chandpur District explores the benefits of new, automated data loggers, which attach to the handle of a handpump and report data, estimating daily and hourly water usage and changes in performance, such as seasonal demand or downtime. The latter may be due to no usage (holidays, alternatives) or failure events.

Understanding and responding to variable usage and failure events will help to monitor infrastructure, improve management systems, and guide future planning and investment.

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Kelly Ann Naylor, Associate Director, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Section, Programme Division, UNICEF

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