Rural Water

  • Eighty percent of the people without access to safe drinking water live in rural areas.
  • Five times more rural dwellers than city dwellers lack safe water.

The World Bank seeks to expand access to safe drinking water in rural areas and maintain the sustainability of rural water systems, from hand pumps to more elaborate systems. To accomplish these goals, it works closely with governments to strengthen their capacities to deliver services and encourages public-private partnerships to serve areas where appropriate.


Data from World Bank

Rural Water Supply Publications

This note reviews public-private partnerships (PPPs) in which the government uses contracts to delegate management responsibilities for rural water supplies to the private sector.
The Water Anchor manages a group called the Rural Water Supplies Collaborative (RWSC) on Scoop, the World Bank’s internal social collaboration platform. RWSC is widely admired and has the trappings of success: lots of activity, large group membership, and a group space that is consistently one of the most visited on Scoop.
In small towns and rural areas of Uganda, where 90% of the population lives, water shortages are part of daily life. In these areas, 60% of the population lacks access to safe water, and water borne diseases and infant mortality are widespread.