Water Quantity

Global Cluster indicator, Outcome indicator, Output indicator

Indicator Phrasing

% of households with at least 15 litres of safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene per person per day
% de ménages disposant d'au moins 15 litres d'eau potable pour la consommation, la cuisine et l'hygiène personnelle par personne et par jour
% domácností s alespoň 15 litry bezpečné vody k pití, vaření a osobní hygieně na osobu na den

Indicator Phrasing

English: % of households with at least 15 litres of safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene per person per day

French: % de ménages disposant d'au moins 15 litres d'eau potable pour la consommation, la cuisine et l'hygiène personnelle par personne et par jour

Czech: % domácností s alespoň 15 litry bezpečné vody k pití, vaření a osobní hygieně na osobu na den

What is its purpose?

The indicator assesses the proportion of households whose members collect sufficient quantity of safe water for meeting their needs (the amount of 15 litres is based on the Sphere Standards).

How to Collect and Analyse the Required Data

Collect the following data by conducting individual interviews with a representative sample of the household members responsible for water collection:

 

RECOMMENDED SURVEY QUESTIONS (Q) AND POSSIBLE ANSWERS (A)

(ask the following question only if you have not asked it in the previous sections of the questionnaire)

Q1: How many children and adults currently live in your household? 

A1: ............ specify the number of children 

 

Q2: What container do you most commonly use for collecting water?

A2 - specify the container's volume: ............ liters

  

Q3: How many of such water containers do your household members use per one day for drinking and cooking?

A3: ............ specify the number of containers 

  

(ask the following question only if you have not asked it earlier)

       

Q4: During this season, where do your household members collect water for drinking and cooking?

A4: see possible answers in Source of Households' Drinking Water indicator, including information on which sources are (not) safe

 

Q5: How many of such water containers do your household members use per one day for personal hygiene?

A5: ............ specify the number of containers

 

Calculate the indicator's value by dividing the number of households with at least 15 litres of safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene per person per day by the total number of respondents and multiplying the result by 100. 

Important Comments

1) The water for drinking and cooking must come from a safe source (as defined in the Water Source indicator). Since the water for personal hygiene does not need to meet the drinking water standards, in some contexts you might want to ask about its quantity separately.

  

2) The overview below shows Sphere's breakdown of the minimum water requirements (per person) for the three main purposes - drinking, cooking and personal hygiene. Read more details in Sphere's Water supply standard 1: Access and water quantity

  

3) Ensure that the data collectors count all people who currently live in the household, including people who are not regular household members, such as internally displaced persons.  

 

4) Ensure that the data collectors are familiar with the main types of water containers the respondents use and know their volume (number of liters).

  

5) ECHO's list of its Key Result Indicators (KRI) uses a different water supply indicator: "number of people having access to sufficient and safe water for domestic use". ECHO's guidance on the use of this indicator is available below. 

 

6) For emergency livestock water needs, refer to Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards.

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