Summary of Week 4 of Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (Coursera – École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
Business models describe how organisations create and capture value. This can be in the form of a nonprofit, social business or for-profit. Business model innovations in water treatment include diversification, water payment methods, cost recovery, and extending distribution channels.
If the goal of household water treatment and storage (HWTS) is to maximise social good, then HWTS should target the most vulnerable populations, such as schools and integrated with health approaches. Healthcare systems are already in contact with the most vulnerable people, and HWTS can increase the efficacy of other health interventions, such as antenatal care and HIV/AIDs.
One role that governments could play is to respect, protect and fulfill the right to water. In the context of HWTS, governments could facilitate access to information on HWTS and the efforts to stakeholders to promote and provide HWTS. Governments could formalise this through national action plans.