The responsibility for rural water supply, operation and maintenance in the Dominican Republic has been moving from the central agency to community-based water-user associations. This article was published in a 2002 edition of the Waterlines Journal, and describes the proposed system of change and the first steps towards establishing it.

This report is the product of work carried out as part of technical assistance provided by the Environmental Health Project (EHP) to Acueductos Rurales (Rural Water Supply, or AR), a department of the Dominican Republic’s Instituto Nacional de Aguas Potables y Alcantarillados (National Water Supply and Sewage Institute, or INAPA). The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) mission to the Dominican Republic provides financing for this technical assistance. The activity is designed to assist INAPA/AR in determining the most appropriate follow-up and monitoring strategy for the country in order to provide rural water supply and sanitation systems that are operated and maintained by communities with support and guidance that are beyond their capacities and that ensure the long-term sustainability of those systems. In addition, this strategy should be viable under INAPA/AR’s current operational and resource constraints.

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