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Water and Sanitation

Clean water means better health, especially for young children. In emergency situations, access to clean water and a functioning sanitation infrastructure enables people to stay healthy while they cope during these stressful periods. Better water management in normal times allows communities to sustain or even improve the quantity and quality of their water sources, which means higher crop yields and healthier animals.

CRS partners with groups ranging from local governments and community water associations to international organizations such as Caritas on projects designed to improve water supplies for domestic, productive, and environmental purposes in the poorest of the world’s communities. More.

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Best practices

Concise how-to’s and reviews of technology. Topics include ecological sanitation, latrine construction, WASH needs assessments, rainwater collection, borehole drilling equipment, and irrigating home gardens.

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