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Household drinking water characteristics in a peri-urban community: the case of Kifumbira Zone, Kampala, Uganda

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posted on 2018-02-12, 15:10 authored by Lillian Nabasirye, Robinah Kulabako, V. Atukunda, Eleanor Wozei, Joel R. Kinobe, Kenan Okurut, D. Arinaitwe
A study to determine the drinking water quality improvement practises at household level was undertaken in Kifumbira Zone, a Kampala peri-urban area, Uganda. The socio-economic conditions of 150 households were identified using questionnaires and in-depth interviews. Solar water disinfection (SODIS) was introduced to 10 households and water from their boiled drinking water and SODIS treated water was monitored for three months. The social survey indicated that boiling was the most common method applied to improve the drinking water quality – mainly using charcoal and electricity. 65% of the respondent households boiled their drinking water, while the rest consumed it unboiled due to the high cost of charcoal. The raw water sources exhibited microbiological contamination as evidenced by the presence of thermotolerant coliforms and high risk scores on the sanitary inspections conducted. There was a statistically significant difference (p<0.05; n=15) in the mean count of thermotolerant coliforms for boiled and SODIS treated water.



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NABASIRYE, L. ... et al, 2011. Household drinking water characteristics in a peri-urban community: the case of Kifumbira Zone, Kampala, Uganda. IN: Shaw, R.J. (ed). The future of water, sanitation and hygiene in low-income countries - Innovation, adaptation and engagement in a changing world: Proceedings of the 35th WEDC International Conference, Loughborough, UK, 6-8 July 2011, 4p.p.


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This is a conference paper. This paper has previously been given the alternative title of "Promoting SODIS in a peri-urban community, the experience from Kifumbira zone, Kampala, Uganda".

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