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Welcome to Akvopedia, the open water and sanitation resource that anyone can edit. We strive to improve water and sanitation projects through knowledge exchange on smart and affordable technical solutions and effective approaches. Akvopedia now contains 1,025 articles primarily in English, including some in French and Spanish. Akvopedia is hosted and managed by Akvo Foundation.

Water Portal

Water Portal
The Water Portal contains information on water collection, pumping and transportation, storage, treatment, and use of water.

Sanitation Portal

Sanitation Portal
The Sanitation Portal contains information on toilets, collection, transportation, treatment, use of products, hygiene, and training materials.

Finance Portal

Finance Portal
The Finance Portal contains information on the costs needed to finance, how to finance these costs, and how to monitor finance.

Sustainability Portal - NEW!

Sustainability Portal
The Sustainability Portal contains information on numerous sustainability frameworks, tools, and methods, using the F.I.E.T.S approach.

What's happening now

NEW ARTICLE PAGE: Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

IWRM is based on the understanding that water resources are an integral component of the ecosystem, a natural resource, and a social and economic good.

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Managers, whether in the government or private sectors, have to make difficult decisions on water allocation. More and more they have to apportion diminishing supplies between ever-increasing demands. Drivers such as demographic and climatic changes further increase the stress on water resources. The traditional fragmented approach is no longer viable and a more holistic approach to water management is essential. This is the rationale for the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach that has now been accepted internationally as the way forward for efficient, equitable and sustainable development and management of the world's limited water resources and for coping with conflicting demands.

More news

  • NEW ARTICLE PAGE: Communal Latrines - This article covers the topic of communal latrines, also called institutional or school latrines. Much of the material in this article is based on project successes in the Sudan. This is a portion of the document of Technical Guidelines, outlining best practices for the development of the 14 types of water supply and sanitation facilities in the Sudan. Several of them are communal (multi-user) latrines.
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  • NEW PORTAL: Sustainability Portal - IRC and Akvopedia have teamed up to produce an all new Sustainability Portal based on the Dutch WASH Alliance F.I.E.T.S. principles of financial, institutional, environmental, technological, and social sustainability. Included are the 10-part Triple-S building blocks from IRC and other sustainability frameworks. With over 50 new article pages and many more sustainability tools, slideshows, and videos... water and sanitation project members can now think about their WASH system's longevity with confidence.
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  • NEW ARTICLE PAGE: Community Based Savings - Community-based saving is a microfinance model that is considered to be an effective method for financing projects in sustainable sanitation and water management. This is an effective method for saving a small amount of money by organising or joining a saving group of up to 25 people. These people might be colleagues, friends or neighbours coming from the same community. The method is very simple and easy to implement.

Contributing to Akvopedia

Share your news and knowledge on water and sanitation by contributing articles to the Akvopedia. We've used the same conventions as the well-known online resource Wikipedia, so adding and editing articles is quick and easy to learn. This graphical guide will get you started; more detailed information about editing wiki articles is available in the help pages: Help:Contents

Editorial support

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Do you have quality content that you would like to contribute to Akvopedia, but lack the time or resources to upload it? Akvopedia offers free editorial services and always appreciates suggestions and links to expand our WASH wiki. Please contact our editor Winona Azure at winonaAt Thank you for visiting!