In September 2015, world leaders met at the United Nations and made a commitment to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals over the next 15 years. Collectively, these goals aim to end poverty, fight inequality and protect our natural environment. Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aims to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”. Sanitation and Water Action (SAWA) works within the framework of the new development agenda to support governments in achieving these goals. While all goals on this agenda are integrated and support one another, access to water and sanitation is a foundation for development towards health, equity, gender equality and education. Eliminating inequality is a crucial purpose of the new agenda. In achieving water and sanitation for all, SAWA works to reach the most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. Without equity and Inclusion, sustainable development is not possible. Goal 6 is a comprehensive goal addresses the entire water cycle, from access to use and efficiency, and the integrated management of water resources and water-related ecosystems. SAWA works on Targets 6.1 for Goal 6 under its water supply programme; “By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all”
The main thrust of the organization is to support communities to have reliable access to clean and safe water within reduced distances. SAWA uses Multiple Use of Water Services (MUS) Approach in provision of water service with greater consideration of appropriated technologies and cost effectiveness, provides advisory and supervisory services for the construction of different types of water supply systems (e.g. wells, boreholes, piped schemes, and rainwater harvesting systems). This includes planning, designing and extraction of ground water, surface water and rainwater sources for different purposes e.g. domestic, irrigation, livestock and industrial use and technical management services of piped water schemes. The following services are offered in water supply programme;
- Boreholes (Machine drilled medium and deep wells)
- Boreholes development ( flushing, pump test and water quality analysis
- Rain water harvesting facilities and systems
- Provision of Piped water schemes (Pumped and gravity)
- Environmental impact assessments
- Mapping services and GPS surveys
- Installation of different pumps and power systems such as solar, windmills , electrical pumps (i.e. submersible) and engine driven pumps (i.e. mono pumps).
- Design and Construction of water infrastructures such as water points, storage tanks, cattle troughs, pump house etc.