Household water supplies are a problem for many people. In urban areas people may need to pay a lot for water. People in rural areas may have to walk long distances to collect water.
Keeping water in clay pots will help keep water cool and fresh for drinking. Plastic or metal containers may be easier to use for collecting water as they are lighter to carry, but they do not keep water cool.
As well as removing the microbes that cause diarrhoea from our hands and drinking water, it is also important to keep these microbes out of stored drinking water. There are several ways microbes can enter drinking water. Safe drinking water can be poured into a dirty container. Rinse water storage jars each time with safe water before use. Leaving water uncovered means that dirt or flies can fall in. Water for drinking should always be covered.
Another way that microbes get into water is when someone with unwashed hands touches the water. Anyone taking a drink, who has not washed their hands after touching faeces, will make all the water dirty. Either pour water directly from the container or use a ladle or gourd with a long handle to scoop out water. Do not drink directly from this but use a cup. Store the gourd or ladle in a clean place and not on the ground.