Multiple Use Water Services

  • What people need

    water for drinking, cooking, washing, sanitation, crops, livestock, fisheries, gardens, small-scale enterprises...

  • But are they getting it?

    In most communities the systems in place have been designed for just one type of use: domestic or irrigation

  • Consequences of a single-use service

    illegal connections, destruction of pipes, pumps or canal access; unsafe drinking water; exceeding the limits of the system.

  • MUS works

    Multiple-Use Water Services (MUS) is a participatory approach that ensures people have the water they need for healthy, productive lives.

  • Water rights
  • Sustainability
  • Gender
  • Water quality
  • Health
  • Self-supply
  • Wastewater
  • Community-driven MUS
  • Institutions
  • MUS by design
  • Domestic-plus
  • Irrigation-plus
  • Costs and financing
  • Learning and change
  • Water demand
  • Enabling environment
  • Planning
  • Technology
  • Water resources
  • Livelihoods

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  • Ethiopia: summary report enhancing benefits from WASH interventions

    The Millennium Water Alliance Ethiopia Programme (MWA-EP) has experimented with theMultiple Use water Services (MUS) approach to improve water and food security.

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  • Ethiopia: Enhancing benefits from WASH interventions - Case study from Kamba

    With support from the RAIN initiative and Millennium Water Alliance, the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) and WaterAid Ethiopia have been working with governments and communities to enhance traditional water supply interventions. The objective was to increase both water and food security. This case study examines how a productive element was added to community water supply.

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