Introduction to Water Supply in Emergencies

Date: 16 May 2017
Length: 1 days
Location: London, UK
Residential: No

Part of WASH Week 2017!

About the course:

This is an introductory course aimed at those approaching water supply, sanitation, and hygiene promotion (WASH) for the first time. This course focuses specifically on decisions around water supply, storage, and distribution in an emergency environment. In this practical workshop, using a mixture of theory and practical group work, you will learn the basics of supplying clean, safe water in different types of humanitarian emergencies in the short and medium term.

Introduction to Water Supply in Emergencies is one of four courses that are being run as part of RedR’s WASH Week. Other courses include WASH EssentialsIntroduction to Hygiene Promotion in Emergencies and Introduction to Sanitation in Emergencies and Introduction to Urban WASH in Emergencies.

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What does the course cover?

  • Identify how WASH overlaps with other sectors, in particular, health, shelter and nutrition
  • Establishing water needs and assessments
  • Water source selection
  • Sphere Standards for water supply
  • Transporting water
  • Water storage options
  • Water distribution options
  • Planning for immediate needs
  • Planning for medium term needs

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Define terminologies associated with the WASH sector
  • Describe the links between WASH and other sectors
  • Identify suitable water sources for use in emergencies and analyse the issues arising with each
  • Describe the Sphere Standards for Water Supply and assess whether these are being met for a given scenario
  • Analyse suitable options for transporting water
  • List options for storing water and select the most appropriate for a given scenario
  • Analyse the positives and negatives of different water distribution methods
  • Propose water supply options and identify potential issues arising from these options

Course structure:

Registration will take place from 9 am.  Training will begin at 09.30am and conclude at 5.30 pm. The day is broken up into four sessions, separated by an hour lunch break and 15 minute tea/coffee breaks in the morning and afternoon.

The first session will include an introduction to WASH and water supply.  It then moves on to discussing the criteria used to select a water source and choose treatment and supply options. You will also be introduced to simple tests for measuring contamination.

In the second session, the course will cover Sphere standards for water supply, including what it is and why it is important. This session will also include a practical application of assessing Sphere standards.
Transporting, storing, and distributing water will be the subjects of the third session, following lunch. The course will examine the positives and negatives of different systems for each stage of water supply and ways to calculate this.

The last session will involve a case study in which the group will analyse different water source, transport, storage, and distribution options for the short and medium term in an emergency scenario. The day ends with a period of reflection, evaluation, and questions.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at those looking to gain an introduction into water supply in emergency situations. The course is suitable for those with or without humanitarian experience and assumes no prior knowledge of WASH or engineering, although it could be useful for engineers or generalist aid workers looking to move into the WASH sector who would like to gain a deeper understanding of the water supply aspect of WASH in humanitarian response.


Elena Oyon

Toby Gould

Michelle Farrington


The fees are inclusive of all training resources, lunch and refreshments. For further information on pricing bands please use the link on the right.


Early Bird Fee
Standard Fee

Band A 

  • Those working for southern national & local NGOs
  • Full-time students



Band B 

  • Individuals funding themselves
  • Those working for charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1million/$1.5million



Band C 

  • Those working for charitable organisations with an annual income greater than £1million/$1.5million



Band D 

  • Those working for commercial, governmental and intergovernmental organisations



Early bird fee: Book and pay up to a month in advance to receive a 10% discount through our early bird scheme.

Multiple Bookings

Book two or more courses within the WASH Week series and you will receive further discounts.

Band A: save £10 per day if you book 2 or more days
Band B: save £15 per day if you book 2 or more days
Band C: save £20 per day if you book 2 or more days
Band D: save £25 per day if you book 2 or more days


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