Submitted by: Aga Khan Planning and Building Services, Pakistan
Implemented country: Pakistan
Title: Water and Sanitation Extension Program
As a result of repeated flooding, increases in raw material prices and the climate change, millions of people in Pakistan have no access to clean drinking water. They are forced to drink unclean water, which increases the likelihood of diarrheal diseases.
WASEP was founded in 1997 and has since been installing energy-free drinking-water and water treatment systems in isolated mountain villages in Pakistan, especially in those with only limited access to clean drinking water where the villagers are forced to walk several kilometers a day to get water. WASEP has installed many gravity-based drinking water infrastructure systems. An additional side benefit is that trainings are offered which help reduce wasteful use of water and reducing contamination. The program also offers energy-free and environmentally-friendly waste-water disposal systems by hooking homes up to the sewer system and teaching the people about health care and hygiene.
Since its establishment, WASEP has provided clean drinking water for nearly 200,000 people in 207 mountain villages. Over 10,000 latrines were built and more than 6,000 health and hygiene workshops were taught in various villages. Results are impressive: The number of water-borne illness in the target villages was reduced by nearly 60 per cent. All the drinking water and waste-water disposal systems need no additional power, are affordable, easy to run, and provide a great benefit by offering environmentally-friendly use of life-giving water sources. All water supply systems can be run by the local population.
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