Aquaya has received a $2.5 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to strengthen regulated water quality monitoring systems in targeted Districts of Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Uganda. The grant activities will build upon Aquaya’s previous Monitoring for Safe Water (MfSW) research program, which was supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from 2012-2016.

Dubbed Monitoring for Safe Water II (MfSW II), this five-year initiative will leverage findings from Aquaya’s research on regulated water quality testing, conducted in collaboration with 26 water suppliers and surveillance agencies in six African countries (Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda and Zambia). The findings include evidence that when enforcement is weak, providing equipment and training is not sufficient for achieving better testing: motivation levels within institutions for collecting and using data are also critical.

As a result, MfSW II will evaluate incentive strategies that increase institutional motivation to collect and use water quality. The program will also explore options for driving greater resources towards data collection. Finally, MFSW II will promote risk-based water safety management that applies water quality data to verify risk mitigation activities.

MfSW II will proceed in collaboration with the local government agencies responsible for ensuring drinking water safety and other Hilton Foundation grantees that are contributing towards sustainable District-level water services. The results will provide a basis for scaling-up water quality testing programs across Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Uganda.

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