Rapid population growth and negative impacts of human activities result in heightened risks to the safety of urban water supplies. The local councils of Koboko and Yumbe, in cooperation with the Reform of the Urban Water and Sanitation Sector Programme, recognised this risk and decided to establish a quality management system for non-piped drinking water sources. This approach is based on community participation, cost-efficient and reliable monitoring measures as well as on joint capacity development. In this paper, the functioning of the system will be presented in detail and experiences gained thus far will be illustrated.

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