Compendium of Water Supply Technologies in Emergencies

The Compendium of Water Supply Technologies in Emergencies is the second volume of the “Emergency WASH Compendium” series and offers a comprehensive and structured planning guide on available water supply technology options in humanitarian settings. It disaggregates technologies into their functional components, clarifies terminology and provides guidance for identifying the most appropriate water supply technology solutions in a given context and for all relevant response phases. It supports decision making when designing a water supply system and offers concise information on key decision criteria for each technology and facilitates the combination of technologies to come up with full technical water supply system solutions.

The free pdf version of the publication can be downloaded here in English and Ukrainian:


The corresponding online Emergency WASH Knowledge Portal can be accessed here:

The Compendium of Water Supply Technologies in Emergencies is an exceptional collaborative effort of Global WASH Cluster partners with contributions and thematic inputs from a multitude of international sanitation sector experts and organisations both from the humanitarian and development sphere.

It has been developed and coordinated under the leadership of the German WASH Network and the university of Applied Science and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) with the financial support of the German Federal Foreign Office and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). We would like to gratefully acknowledge and thank all individuals and their respective organisations and institutions for their invaluable contribution to this eCompendium. We would further like to thank the Global WASH Cluster and the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance and its secretariat hosted by GIZ for their continuous support throughout the process and for hosting the online platform.

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