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Urban wells: a vital but ignored resource

This briefing reflects on an IIED project on water resource management. It showcases research revealing the immense significance of ‘invisible’ water to the urban poor.

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Water and sanitation have been recognised as human rights, but there is still little agreement on how these rights are best pursued. IIED has been working with local partners to identify how sanitation and water services can be improved in deprived urban locations that conventional urban piped water and sewer services have not reached.

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