Rationale - what it means and why it is an important measure
A water supply system is a service that should be provided by a municipality. A supply of clean water is absolutely necessary for life and good health. This indicator measures the importance that a city places on the improvement of its water supply system.
How it is compiled, what data are needed
The investments in a water supply system per city product.
This indicator should be measured annually.
Measurements and units
Investments to water supply (%)
Possible temporal and spatial format
trend charts, graphs
Reference to methodology resources
To improve the central water supply system.
Targets, benchmarks, reference values
No related international standards.
References to examples of application
Increasing access to water and sanitation services in poor urban areas through private investment: The El Alto Project in La Paz, Bolivia, http://www.wsscc.org/vision21/wwf/bolivia.html.
Other comments / background
Women around the world have the primary responsibility for fetching water and managing its use. They also have the greatest influence on household hygiene, family health and attitudes towards sanitation. Therefore, it is essential that women be full and active participants in water and sanitation programmes at all stages.