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6th World Water Forum - solution proposed to ensure sustainable water supply

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The GWI Mali team presented this template for proven solutions at the 6th World Water Forum (held in Marseille in 2012). We document the establishment of the Malian focus group for the repair of water facilities, outlining the problems that were resolved and the potential for wider application of this method. Our approach promotes close collaboration between public and private institutions, since this is beneficial for sustainable water infrastructure. We recommend that all facilities should automatically be replaced after 20 years, through the State Water Fund.