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Welcome, bienvenue and bienvenido to Akvopedia!

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 1,267 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

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

Decision & Assessment Tools

Decision & Assessment Tools
Decision & Assessment Tools contain several tools, assessments, or kits that aid in the implementation of water and sanitation projects in an easier way.

Food & Nutrition Security Portal - NEW!

Food & Nutrition Security Portal
Food & Nutrition Security Portal helps people improve their access to nutritional, quality food, supporting the right to food, availability and the best utilization of food.

What's happening now

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New portal: Food & Nutrition Security

Thanks to our partnership with ICCO Corporation, we have a new 31 page Food & Nutrition Security Portal!

Food and Nutrition security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to food, which is safe and consumed in sufficient quantity and quality to meet their dietary needs and food preferences, and is supported by an environment of adequate sanitation, health services and care, allowing for a healthy and active life (CFS). We welcome this new sector of knowledge to our water and sanitation base in Akvopedia, as they are very closely linked and go hand-in-hand in eliminating poverty and defending the right to clean water, sanitation and plentiful food.

More news

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  • Our new Accessible WASH Design pages are useful for disabled, elderly, the sick, and children - all those who need special help with accessing and using sanitation facilities. It is made for use by staff, working directly with communities - e.g. health workers and community volunteers working with disabled and older people and their families in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa, and beyond. Most of the ideas are suitable for disabled and older people, but are not only for them. As we get older, many of us find it increasingly difficult to squat and balance, or we might be injured or sick.
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  • Updated!! Compendium of Sanitation Systems and Technologies, 2nd Edition: The entire Sanitation Portal is now updated with the most current information from the new compendium from Sandec/EAWAG. It contains several brand new topics such as Pre-treatment Technologies, Settler, and the Imhoff tank. Plus redefinitions for many sanitation products. Biomass is now included a lot as well. Plus some newer versions of treatment systems that mention biogas and blackwater more frequently than the 1st edition.
  • 70 Sustainable Sanitation Documents from : We now have links in our Sustainability Portal, column 5 (Social Sustainability) for 70 new documents in both French and English. These colorfully illustrate a variety of handwashing and sanitation methods that include topics such as schools and gender. Great for teaching kids! All links go to the site where you can search by topic, country, or target audience.

Translated pages

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We are proud to announce our new Akvopedia Translations program! We have started our language program with translators for French, Spanish, 3 Indian languages (Hindi, Malayalam, and Tamil), Korean, Chinese, Indonesian, and Japanese, with many more to come. See the upper right of each English page for the different language flags. Not all pages have been translated yet.

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 limited 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!