Water supply construction projects are implemented after a detailed feasibility study and design process to identify the source and scope of the construction. Accordingly, the feasibility studies accompanied by design of water supply schemes have been carried out in collaboration with the government water office and reviewed at different levels before execution. To date, the project has constructed or rehabilitated a total of 147 water supply schemes. The water schemes are designed to serve a total of 108,171 beneficiaries in 20 woredas of the four project targeted regions.
For the water schemes constructed/rehabilitated and commissioned to address the need for safe water supply and thus play a positive role in the goal to reduce malnutrition in the targeted community, they must be functional and utilized by the target population. Therefore, this research is designed to assess the functionality, utilization and related determinants of the water supply schemes constructed/rehabilitated by the project. The data will generate evidence on the functionality of the water supply schemes, if access to safe water supply is improved, amount of time saved and how the beneficiaries are utilizing the water sources and for what kind of purposes. A qualitative study will also be conducted using key informant interviews to identify any hurdles or improvements in accessing and utilizing the water supply schemes.