Water delivery trucks are water distribution systems that allow governments and commercial businesses to distribute water to a central community area or directly to a home. Water is pumped into hand-held containers or into domestic wells or storage tanks directly.
In areas where no alternative distribution infrastructure exists, this sort of system may become a permanent feature. Water trucks can also be employed in places with irregular service, such as those where the current infrastructure has been destroyed and only offers sporadic and/or polluted water.
Trucks may deliver water to populations who have been cut off from their usual supplies of water due to conflict or natural catastrophe. They might also help the displaced—refugees who have been forced to assemble in new areas with little or no infrastructure due to events.
Water trucks may be used as part of a municipal water delivery strategy in dry locations or when there is no other permanent water infrastructure. They are usually supported by local governments and do not impose an unreasonable burden on their consumers.
Water delivery by truck is a lucrative business in other locations. People living in areas where water infrastructure is not available, such as urban slums or distant rural areas, may be obliged to hire private contractors to transport their daily water needs by truck.
Read the distribution section to find out more about water distribution.