The SWE Alliance under the aegis of Project SEWAH- Sustainable Enterprises of Water Health, an alliance between USAID and Safe Water Network, supported by Honeywell and Pentair hosted a series of webinars, virtual roundtable meetings, and forums amidst global restrictions on movement. On May 14, 2020, Safe Water Network in collaboration with USAID hosted its first virtual webinar titled - SEWAH – Sustainable Enterprises for Water and Health to promote knowledge exchange and discuss scale-up strategies among SWE implementers during the COVID 19 pandemic.
The SWE Implementers again assembled on June 19, 2020 for a Virtual Roundtable discussion on Private Sector Investment in Small Water Enterprises. The SWE Alliance partners shared their experiences in managing the Small Water Enterprises and creating mass awareness in the communities about Safe Drinking Water in SWE Alliance’s Partner immersion event – Developing Water Knowledge Resource Center (WKRC) at urban water ATM.
Safe Water Network delivered a session in the SIWI World Water Week titled Safe Drinking Water: Too Much to Ask? The Safe Water Network hosted a Fireside Conversation with SWE CEOs entitled State of SWEs during COVID-19 centered on the role of SWEs during the pandemic, steps were taken on the ground, and a vision for SWEs after the crisis. On September 3rd 2020, Safe Water Network organized a virtual convention of Young Leaders – Water, Sustainable Living, and Communities where the youth leaders presented their solutions to mitigate critical global challenges including water, financial inclusion, opportunity-creation, sustainability, and climate change.
Mr. Ravindra Sewak, India Country Director at Safe Water Network spoke about Water Innovation at the Horasis Extraordinary Meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on October 1, 2020.
Introducing Water Knowledge Resource Centers (WKRC)
Water Knowledge Resource Center (WKRC) is a unique initiative launched by Safe Water Network and USAID under the aegis of Project SEWAH aimed at supporting Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and Small Water Enterprises (SWEs) to expand access of safe drinking water to the urban poor. Under this initiative, we have partnered with city-based Small Water Enterprise Alliance members who have set up 24x7 affordable safe drinking SWEs or Water ATMs to extend their services by developing their SWEs to Water Knowledge Resource Centers (WKRCs). These WKRCs through their targeted and well-defined programs promote not only citizen education and engagement on hand wash, water quality, water conservation on health and sanitation issues but also provided a feedback mechanism to the city municipality promoting better water delivery services and good governance.