Both the government of Ethiopia and donors are striving to increase the water supply coverage of the country. However, a high rate of non-functionality of the water supply schemes developed has been observed both at the national and regional levels, implying a negative impact on the country's water supply and sanitation coverage. If the underlining causes of this higher non-functionality rate are known, the problem can be minimised by undertaking the appropriate interventions in the sector in the Woreda. This study therefore aims to investigate the functionality and service levels of existing water supply schemes; examine the institutional, technological, environmental and financial factors impacting sustainability of schemes; examine links between participatory planning, social accountability, governance and scheme sustainability; and identify issues for best practice guidelines for development practitioners to bring about improved sustainability.
RiPPLE Office, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 104 pp.