PRACTICA Foundation aims to increase access to safe drinking water by introducing low-cost and sustainable technologies. We insist on the establishment of resilient maintenance and payment systems so that water keeps on running after projects have finished.
A range of source and pump technologies exist for different social and geo-hydrological contexts. PRACTICA has initiated or contributed to the design of the Volanta pump, rope pump and manual drilling technologies. We also work on reducing the cost and improving the sustainability of hand pumps and solar powered pumps for household and community water supply.
Distribution and treatment have a major impact on both water quality and access. PRACTICA evaluates the performance of water storage and conveyance structures. We also contribute to the local availability of household water treatment technologies, such as ceramic filters and look for novel tools to combat arsenic contamination and salinity.