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Monitoring Groundwater Use as a Domestic Water Source by Urban Households: Analysis of Data from Lagos State, Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa with Implications for Policy and Practice

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Ask for Water GmbH, 9014 St. Gallen, Switzerland
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School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF10 3WA, UK
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Water 2021, 13(4), 568; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13040568
Received: 31 December 2020 / Revised: 17 February 2021 / Accepted: 17 February 2021 / Published: 23 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Present and Future of Drinking Water Supplies in Low-Income Regions)
The fundamental importance of groundwater for urban drinking water supplies in sub-Saharan Africa is increasingly recognised. However, little is known about the trends in urban groundwater development by individual households and its role in securing safely-managed drinking water supplies. Anecdotal evidence indicates a thriving self-supply movement to exploit groundwater in some urban sub-Saharan African settings, but empirical evidence, or analysis of the benefits and drawbacks, remains sparse. Through a detailed analysis of official datasets for Lagos State, Nigeria we examine the crucial role played by groundwater and, specifically, by household self-supply for domestic water provision. We then set this in the context of Nigeria and of sub-Saharan Africa. One of the novelties of this multi-scalar approach is that it provides a granular understanding from large-scale datasets. Our analysis confirms the importance of non-piped water supplies in meeting current and future drinking water demand by households in parts of sub-Saharan Africa and the role played, through self-supply, by groundwater. Our results demonstrate inconsistencies between datasets, and we make recommendations for the future. We argue that a key actor in the provision of drinking water supplies, the individual household, is largely overlooked by officially reported data, with implications for both policy and practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: self-supply; urban; households; groundwater; drinking water; sub-Saharan Africa; Lagos; low income; packaged water; Joint Monitoring Programme self-supply; urban; households; groundwater; drinking water; sub-Saharan Africa; Lagos; low income; packaged water; Joint Monitoring Programme
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Danert, K.; Healy, A. Monitoring Groundwater Use as a Domestic Water Source by Urban Households: Analysis of Data from Lagos State, Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa with Implications for Policy and Practice. Water 2021, 13, 568. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13040568

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Danert K, Healy A. Monitoring Groundwater Use as a Domestic Water Source by Urban Households: Analysis of Data from Lagos State, Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa with Implications for Policy and Practice. Water. 2021; 13(4):568. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13040568

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Danert, Kerstin; Healy, Adrian. 2021. "Monitoring Groundwater Use as a Domestic Water Source by Urban Households: Analysis of Data from Lagos State, Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa with Implications for Policy and Practice" Water 13, no. 4: 568. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13040568

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