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Odisha’s community owned water and sanitation works

Safe drinking water and sanitation are among the most important determinants of community health and wellbeing. In Odisha, access to both is extremely difficult. The majority of population (85 per cent) lives in rural areas, where sanitation coverage is merely 14.1 per cent and only 5.8 per cent households have access to piped water (Roy, 2012). In the recent decades, public water supply has become more centralised, with the focus shifting to ‘mega-projects’ that draw water from a single source...

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