The book “Self-supply: filling the gaps in public water supply provision” by Sally Sutton and John Butterworth is finally ready. This great book is the first one addressing the self-supply, one of the approaches supported by the SMART Centres. In fact, the book mentions several SMART Centres and people involved in them like Rik Haanen, Walter Mgina, Reinier Veldman and Henk Holtslag.
It can be downloaded for free here and there are paid soft and hard-cover versions available as well.
‘Self-supply has long been overlooked because it is largely unmapped, unmonitored and unregulated, and therefore invisible to policy-makers and decision-takers. This wonderful new book shows what they are missing by providing an accessible but comprehensive overview of self-supply in its many forms and contexts, from the lowest income countries to the highest. It puts people at the centre of the challenge to achieve universal water access and is a celebration of ingenuity and resilience – and highlights that household investment and remittances can play a vital role in plugging the investment gap in rural water infrastructure. This book is destined to become a classic reference that all rural water supply professionals should become familiar with.’
Sean Furey, Director, Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN)