Aquaya is a data-driven non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving safe water and sanitation access in the developing world.

Aquaya combines rigorous data collection, advanced analytics, and deep practical experience to inform water and sanitation decisions. It takes experience, creativity and information to build safe, sustainable and affordable water and sanitation systems. Aquaya supports water and sanitation development through the following activities:

  • We design and implement data collection programs that include experiments, surveys, image analysis and remote sensing.
  • We analyze data to provide information for confident decisions.
  • We develop policy recommendations that address water and sanitation goals.

Our Values


By publishing our results in peer-reviewed academic journals, we ensure that our methods and analyses meet the highest scientific standards.


How will big data sets, satellite imagery, remote sensors, and artificial intelligence improve water and sanitation services in low-resource settings? We are answering these questions at Aquaya.


To achieve safe, sustainable and affordable water and sanitation, we have to work together. We have built a committed network of academics, practitioners, donors and government agencies.

Our Process

Aquaya combines applied data science and technology studies with on-the-ground programs.

Providing safe and sustainable drinking water and sanitation in low-resources settings requires technical, financial, and political creativity. Our combined research and consulting approach applies evidence-based innovation across this full range of activities. Our work creates a feedback loop that leverages on-the-ground learning to drive our research priorities.

Where we’ve worked

Aquaya’s Work Can Be Seen in 23 Countries

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Latin America

Bolivia, Ecuador, Haiti


Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia


Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam

Thought Leadership

What are we learning at Aquaya?

Aquaya researchers summarize their latest findings and insights.

History of Water Safety Plans

December 2020

History of Sanitary Surveys

December 2020

From Data to Decisions – Water Quality Monitoring Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa

September 2020

From Data to Decisions – Water Quality Monitoring Programs in Kenya

September 2020

Expanding Safe Fecal Sludge Management in Kisumu, Kenya – A Comparison Study of Latrine Pit-Emptying Services

August 2020

Expanding Safe Fecal Sludge Management in Kisumu, Kenya – An Analysis of the Gap Between Supply and Demand

August 2020

Our Team

The Aquaya team delivers research excellence, practical experience, and local knowledge

Aquaya receives pro bono legal services from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton
and The Law Office of Byde W. Clawson.



AquayaLEARN: Leading an Empowered African Research Network.

It is impossible to build sustainable water and sanitation services in the absence of strong governance, management, and technical support systems. Aquaya contributes to local capacity development through our AquayaLEARN fellowship program. AquayaLEARN enables African students and young professionals to collaborate with Aquaya’s research team on the development and implementation of leading-edge water and sanitation solutions.

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