Waterways Magazine, February 9, 2021
“The failure rates of water systems in the rural, developing world are abysmal,” Evans says. “Only about forty percent of these systems end up working at all. That doesn’t even take into account the large percentage of functioning systems that are drawing water that isn’t safe to drink.”
The current model is broken, she surmised, because it celebrates success as soon as infrastructure is added. Yet there is no accountability—no plan to measure success by continually monitoring results over time.
“It’s insulting and often even more devastating to communities to receive this paternalistic aid without consideration or accountability for what is really happening a year after the aid intervention,” she says. “It’s unacceptable and an insulting waste of resources. It just doesn’t have to be this way, and I want to change it. That’s what keeps me devoted to my work.”