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Water Supply Reading List

Water Supply, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Paul Hutchings
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Useful Journals:

Environment and Urbanisation Sage Publishing

Journal of Humanitarian Engineering Engineers Without Borders Australia

Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development IWA Publishing

Journal of Water and Health IWA Publishing

Tropical Medicine & International Health Wiley Publishing

Water Alternatives  

Water Policy IWA Publishing

Waterlines Practical Action Publishing  

Water Supply Texts:

Core Reading

WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (2021). Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2000-2020 five years into the SDGs. WHO/UNICEF, Geneva.

Carter, R. Rural Community Water Supply: Sustainable Services for all. Practical Action Publishing: Rugby. Download for free:

Cairncross, S., Feachem, R. G. (2019). Environmental Health Engineering in the Tropics: An Introductory Text. Third Edition. Wiley, Chichester. (Esp. chapters 1-4).

Mara, D., Evans, B. (2011). ‘Water Supply Systems.’ In: Sanitation and Water Supply in Low-income Countries. Mara, D., Evans, B. Eds. Ventus Publishing, London. Available Online Here

World Health Organisation (2017) “A conceptual framework for implementing the Guidelines” in Guidelines for Drinking-Water Quality. World Health Organization.


Thematic areas

Water Treatment

Chris Binnie and Martin Kimber (2013) Basic Water Treatment  5th Edition IWA Publishing

Results of Round II of the WHO International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2019. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO Available Online Here

Eleanor Rogers, Hannah Tappis, Shannon Doocy, Karen Martínez, Nicolas Villeminot, Ann Suk, Deepak Kumar, Silke Pietzsch & Chloe Puett (2019) Costs and cost effectiveness of three point-of-use water treatment technologies added to community-based treatment of severe acute malnutrition in Sindh Province, Pakistan, Global Health Action, 12:1,1568827, DOI: 10.1080/16549716.2019.1568827

Murray AL, Napotnik JA, Rayner JS, Mendoza A, Mitro B, Norville J, Faith SH, Eleveld A, Jellison KL, Lantagne DS. Evaluation of consistent use, barriers to use, and microbiological effectiveness of three prototype household water treatment technologies in Haiti, Kenya, and Nicaragua. Sci Total Environ. 2020 May 20;718:134685. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134685. Epub 2019 Nov 22. PMID: 31839311.

Geremew, A., Mengistie, B., Mellor, J. et al. Appropriate household water treatment methods in Ethiopia: household use and associated factors based on 2005, 2011, and 2016 EDHS data. Environ Health Prev Med 23, 46 (2018).


Rural Water Supply Management

Hutchings, P., Chan, M. Y., Cuadrado, L., Ezbakhe, F., Mesa, B., Tamekawa, C., & Franceys, R. (2015). A systematic review of success factors in the community management of rural water supplies over the past 30 years. Water Policy, 17(5), 963.

Klug, T., Cronk, R., Shields, K. F., & Bartram, J. (2018). A categorization of water system breakdowns: Evidence from Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda. Science of the Total Environment, 619–620, 1126–1132.

Foster, T., & Hope, R. (2016). A multi-decadal and social-ecological systems analysis of community waterpoint payment behaviours in rural Kenya. Journal of Rural Studies, 47, 85–96.

Huston, A., Gaskin, S., Moriarty, P., & Watsisi, M. (2021). More Sustainable Systems Through Consolidation ? The Changing Landscape of Rural Drinking Water Service Delivery in Uganda. Water Alternatives. 14(1), 248–270.

Sutton, S. Butterworth, J. Self-supply: filling the gaps in public water supply provision. Practical Action Publishing: Rugby: Download for free:


Other recommended reading

Alam, M. G. M., Allinson, G., Stagnitti, F., Tanaka, A., Westbrooke, M. (2002). Arsenic contamination in Bangladesh groundwater: A major environmental and social disaster. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 12(3), 235-253.

Carter, R., Tyrrel, S., Howsam, P. (1999) The Impact and Sustainability of Community Water Supply and Sanitation Programmes in Developing Countries. Water and Environment Journal, 13(4), 292–296.

Cave, B., Kolsky, P. (1999). Groundwater, Latrines and Health. WELL Study No 163. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Water and Engineering Development Centre. Available Online Here

Thompson, J., Porras, I., Tumwine, J., Mujwahuzi, M., Katui-Katua, M., Johnstone, N., Wood, L. (2001). Drawers of Water II - 30 years of change in domestic water use & environmental health in east Africa. International Institute for Environment and Development. Available Online Here

White, G. F., Bradley, D. J., White, A. U. (1972) Drawers of Water: Domestic Water Use in East Africa. The University of Chicago Press.


Others of interest

Bain, R., Gundry, S., Wright, J., Yang, H., Pedley, S., Bartram, J. (2012) Accounting for water quality in monitoring access to safe drinking water as part of the Millennium Development Goals: lessons from five countries. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 90, 228-235.

¬Barrington, D.J., Green, K., McMillan, A., (2013). Water safety planning: Adapting the existing approach to community managed systems in rural Nepal. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 3 (3), 392-401.

Bartram, J., Corrales, L., Davison, A., Deere, D., Drury, D., Gordon, B., Howard, G., Rinehold, A., Stevens, M. (2009) Water safety plan manual: Step-by-step risk management for drinking-water suppliers. World Health Organization, Geneva. Available Online Here

Brown, J., Clasen, T. (2012) High adherence is necessary to realize health gains from water quality interventions. PLoS ONE, 7(5): e36735.

Hanson, G., Nillson, Å. (1986). Groundwater Dams for Rural Water Supplies in Developing Countries. Groundwater, 24(4), 497-506.

Howard, G. (2002) Water Quality Surveillance: a practical guide. Water and Engineering Development Centre, Loughborough.

Howard, G., Bartram, J. (2003) Domestic Water Quantity, Service Level and Health. World Health Organization, Geneva. 

Jordan, T.D. Jr., (1984), A Handbook of Gravity-Flow Water Systems for Small Communities. Intermediate Technology Publications, London.

McIntyre, P., Casella, D., Fonseca, C., Burr, P. (2014). Priceless! Uncovering the real costs of water and sanitation. IRC, The Hague. Available Online Here

Meenakshi, Maheshwari, R. C. (2006). Fluoride in drinking water and its removal. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 137(1), 456–463.

Pacey, A., Cullis, A. (1986) Rainwater Harvesting:  the collection of rainfall and runoff in rural areas.  Intermediate Technology Publications, London.

Pickford, J. (1991). The Worth of Water.  ITDG Publishing, Rugby, UK. [Technical Briefs 3, 4, 11, 14]

Sara,J., Katz, T. (1998). Making Rural Water Supply Sustainable: Report on the Impact of Project Rules. UNDF-World Bank Water and Sanitation Program, Washington DC. Available Online Here

Skinner, B., Shaw, R. (1999). Household Water Treatment 1. Water and Engineering Development Centre, Loughborough. Available Online Here

Skinner, B., Shaw, R. (1999). Household Water Treatment 2. Water and Engineering Development Centre, Loughborough. Available Online Here

Skinner, B., Shaw, R. (1999). Protecting Springs – an alternative to spring boxes. Water and Engineering Development Centre, Loughborough. Available Online Here

Smet, J., van Wijk, C. (2002). Small Community Water Supplies, Technical Paper No 40, IRC, The Hague. Available Online Here


This list was last updated on 12/01/2022