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Communication is often poor between local people and the officials in charge of managing rural water resources. Municipal Water Days (MWDs) aim to bridge this gap and foster mutual understanding and collaboration. Capitalising on their experience, GWI Mali produced this helpful guide to the key steps in organising a municipal water day. Example budgets, village competition criteria, and inspiring participant feedback are all covered. Clearly successful and expanding in Mali, municipal water days are a useful tool for improving the management of rural water resources across West Africa and beyond.