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A hidden crisis: strengthening the evidence base on the current failures of rural groundwater supplies

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posted on 2018-02-12, 15:10 authored by Helen C. Bonsor, Naomi Oates, P.J. Chilton, Richard C. Carter, Vincent Casey, A. MacDonald, B. Etti, J. Nekesa, F. Musinguzi, P. Okubal, G. Alupo, R. Calow, P. Wilson, M. Tumuntungire, M. Bennie
New ambitious international goals for universal access to safe drinking water depend critically on the ability of development partners to accelerate and sustain access to groundwater. However, available evidence (albeit fragmented and methodologically unclear) indicates >30% of new groundwater-based supplies are non-functional within a few years of construction. Critically, in the absence of a significant systematic evidence base or analysis on supply failures, there is little opportunity to learn from past mistakes, to ensure more sustainable services can be developed in the future. This work presents a new and robust methodology for investigating the causes of non-functionality, developed by an interdisciplinary team as part of an UPGro catalyst grant. The approach was successfully piloted within a test study in NE Uganda, and forms a basis for future research to develop a statistically significant systematic evidence base to unravel the underlying causes of failure.



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BONSOR, H.C. ... et al, 2015. A hidden crisis: strengthening the evidence base on the current failures of rural groundwater supplies. IN: Shaw, R.J. (ed). Water, sanitation and hygiene services beyond 2015 - Improving access and sustainability: Proceedings of the 38th WEDC International Conference, Loughborough, UK, 27-31 July 2015, 6pp.


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