Title:SUSTAINING URBAN GROUNDWATER-FED WATER SUPPLIES AND SANITATION SYSTEMS IN AFRICA
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
Authors:Michael Owor, Robinah Kulabako, John C. Ssempebwa, Jacintha Nayebare
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ReportThe Royal Society-DFID Capacity Building Initiative for Africa Network Grant Award
(AN130031)
Abstract:A situational analysis was carried out within the framework of the Network Grant Award for the
proposal on Sustaining urban groundwater-fed water supplies and sanitation systems in Africa,
with the main aim of developing the scientific evidence required to inform policies and practicesthat sustain the quantity and quality of urban, low-cost water supply and sanitation systems. The key
scientific specific objectives include to:
1. map and characterize urban aquifers, well catchments, sanitation facilities, and groundwater
supply coverage and use for the respective cities;
2. analyze aquifer dynamics, surface-groundwater interaction, and vulnerability of the aquifers
to point and non-point source pollution;
3. quantitatively assess the impact of different low-cost, sanitation strategies on urban
groundwater; and
4. build capacity to assess, manage, and sustain urban groundwater systems.
The study is based on three scales of investigation where Lukaya town, Uganda is the smallest
setting, Kisumu is a city and Dakar, Senegal is the mega-city (Fig. 1). Lessons e.g. the avoidance of
major problems such as nitrate contamination shall be drawn from large cities (e.g. Kisumu and
Dakar) to inform small towns (e.g. Lukaya).
Linkhttp://afriwatsan.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Lukhaya-Report_February-2016.pdf
DOI
SUSTAINING URBAN GROUNDWATER-FED WATER SUPPLIES AND SANITATION SYSTEMS IN AFRICA