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Starting a SWS Project

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One of the most important elements of the Safe Water System (SWS) is the ability for it to be replicated. To help others plan and implement a SWS project, CDC has developed a handbook, Safe Water for the Community: A Guide for Establishing a Community-Based Safe Water System Program (2008), which describes the seven steps needed for SWS project development and execution.

Starting a SWS Project: 7 Key Steps

  1. Complete need and feasibility assessments
  2. Organize the SWS program and select staff
  3. Select the SWS products
  4. Develop a strategy and materials
  5. Establish a pilot project in the community
  6. Evaluate the pilot project
  7. Develop a plan for moving forward

The first SWS handbook (developed in 2000), Safe Water Systems for the Developing World: A Handbook for Implementing Household-Based Water Treatment and Safe Storage Projects, is available in French and Spanish. A hardcopy version in Arabic is also available; please email for details.

For a free hard copy or a CD-ROM version of the Handbook, please email

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