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Back to the river

Published on: 27/05/2011

Why, despite concerted efforts by governments, donors, and NGOs, do nearly a billion people still lack safe water?

Why do systems, installed with the best intentions, fail to deliver a reliable water supply? And what is the cost of these failures to communities who have to 'go back to the river' or other distant, unsafe sources of water?

Tessa Livingstone ’s documentary short explores the sustainability crisis in rural water supply by talking to government authorities, NGOs and donors who are trying to make a difference and to the people they are trying to help – water users in rural communities."Back to the River" was made possible with the support of IRC and Aguaconsult.