This is an archival version of the original KnowledgePoint website.

Interactive features have been disabled and some pages and links have been removed.

Visit the new KnowledgePoint website at


Costs of small community water treatment

Safe Water Strategy

What is an approximate cost of extending a community water purification system (e.g simple UV treatment) to a rural community? In an urban community?

1 Answer

Safe Water Strategy

The following organisations may have cost information on small community treatment systems:

Living Waters for the World contact form, they install community water treatment systems, typical costs: Installation Cost: hardware - $3000; additional costs, i.e., tank stand or building materials, may occur in some cases
Operational costs, incl. replacement parts (excluding labor): per 100,000 gallons: one-half cent to one cent per gallon

Innovative Water Technologies, Inc. (IWT), they produce Sunspring®, a solar powered, portable, self-contained water purification system

Healing Waters International - Water Treatment Solutions

WaterHealth International

Practica Foundation, NL - they are working on small scale reverse osmosis

Daniel W. Smith, Program Officer at the Millennium Water Alliance, has written a report (in Spanish only) outlining a framework and certain technologies for small scale drinking water treatment that he worked on with Water for People - Peru, titled:

Estudio: Alternativas para la potabilización de agua en sistemas comunitarios sirviendo a poblaciones de 80 a 200 habitantes

For a copy pls contact him at: daniel.smith [at]