Child at public water station (Bolivia) - Photo: Stephen Bechenheimer/World Bank

Providing ideas, information, tools, techniques, and a network of experienced volunteers to strengthen public institutions to ensure access to sustainable, resilient, and safely-managed water and sanitation for all.

The Challenge

In 2015, all 193 members of the United Nations committed to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6, to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, by 2030.

The 2016 UN Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) assessment, published in 2017, concluded that 71% of the global population had access to drinking water from a safely-managed source and, 39% used safely-managed sanitation.

Thus with a world population of 7.5 billion in 2016,  2.175 billion people did not have access to safely-managed drinking water and 4.575 billion did not have access to safely-managed sanitation.

Public Institutions Matter

UN Sustainable Develop Goal 6 cannot be achieved without efficient, effective and financially sustainable public water and sanitation institutions.

Nonprofit Public Water Sanitation Partnerships ( is a volunteer organization formed to help ensure the provision of sustainable, resilient, safely-managed water and sanitation services to poor households in developing countries by assisting to strengthen the public water and sanitation institutions. provides ideasresources (information, tools, and techniques), and short-term volunteer assistance.