Example 1: SolutionMUS in a Rural Context: Single Source for Multiple Uses 

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People rely on a distant and deteriorating unprotected spring for their water needs, resulting in a variety of health problems and limited farming opportunities. Deforestation and land degradation contribute to poor water quality and reduced infiltration to feed the water source. Long travel times to fetch water are further impeding people’s ability to produce food and earn a living.

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Long-term reliability and quality of the source is enhanced through revegetation and soil conservation in the catchment area. Tap stands installed near households provide adequate potable water and reduce the time required for domestic water collection. Overflow from the drinking water reservoir irrigates off-season vegetable production, generating income to maintain the system, improving food security and enhancing nutrition.


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Example 2: SolutionMUS in a Rural Context: Multiple Sources for Multiple Uses 

Inadequate and contaminated water is a major problem for this rural community. Poor hygiene and sanitation practices, contamination of open wells by livestock and over-application of agro-chemicals threaten human health as well as soil and groundwater quality. Insufficient water supply constrains off-season gardening and livestock production. 

Three new and rehabilitated water points are developed for different uses: a new manually drilled borehole with pump provides potable water for drinking, household use and small livestock; a rehabilitated traditional well serves cattle; and a new garden borehole with pump is used for irrigation. Together, the three water points provide water services that meet community needs and reduce potential conflict between user groups. Health improvements are amplified through hygiene and sanitation promotion, and livelihoods are improved through agricultural extension. Soil and groundwater are protected through conservation farming techniques. 


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Example 3: SolutionMUS in an Urban Context: Multiple Sources for Multiple Uses 

Potable water is available from a single tap stand, but it is distant and often requires long wait times. Diarrhea is common due to open defecation and poor hygiene. Inadequate waste management results in a clogged and contaminated urban waterway. Businesses minimize water use because of the cost for delivery. 

Extending potable water tap stands closer to households increases water availability and reduces the cost of transporting water. With more water available and a hygiene education campaign, hygiene practices improve. Water-dependent businesses also benefit from closer, cheaper water. Rainwater harvesting makes household and commercial gardens possible. Composting toilets reduce diarrheal disease and produce fertilizer for gardens. Proper waste management protects the urban waterway and improves environmental and human health.  


Want to learn more? Check out section two of our Guide to SolutionMUS for more details.