Scaling up community ownership and management in piped water supply

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Piped Water Supply in India WaterAid/ Prashanth Vishwanathan

Given the importance of community-managed drinking water supply for the success of Jal Jeevan Mission’s ambition, it is important to look back and learn from some of the demand-driven, community managed schemes. This summary is based on lessons learned from five successful community-managed piped water supply schemes that have been functioning in different geographies of India – Koderma in Jharkhand, Kanker in Chhattisgarh, Ganjam in Odisha, Gaya in Bihar, and Almora in Uttarakhand.

The objective of this study was to understand the reasons for the success of these schemes and the challenges encountered in planning, operations, and maintenance thereby providing insights for further planning.