WikiWater is an online collaborative encyclopaedia dedicated to water issues, whose founders include Secours Catholique, a number of engineering students at the Ecole Centrale de Paris and the Université de Paris Polytech’Paris-UMPC, as well as various international associations.
The platform – developed with the financial support of the Caritas Foundation, Onema, and the Adour-Garonne Water Board – offers 100 or so simple, sustainable and inexpensive solutions to facilitate access to water and sanitation around the world. The wiki format lets internet users continually enrich the web site.
From building a well to maintaining a cistern or reservoir, or from replenishing water tables to fighting desertification with soil management techniques, WikiWater offers a database with dozens of technical specifications to help local stakeholders, humanitarian organizations and private individuals develop and improve access to clean water and sanitation around the world.
Every web user can help enrich the database by publishing their solutions or adding to existing ones. Every contribution is examined by a team of moderators, who verify its feasibility and relevance.
Five main themes are provided at the site to facilitate research in the following areas: access to water, sanitation; the cost of water; hygiene and health; and management. Each of these themes is broken down into the various subject areas in the form of practical information sheets.
Every information sheet includes an insert headed “Where do I go for more information?" which provides direct access to additional information.