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Building effective drinking water management policies in rural Africa : lessons from northern Uganda

While the need to provide clean drinking water is widely recognized as a priority in rural Sub-Saharan Africa, there is a lack of specific data on water quality to build effective drinking water management policies. This discussion paper describes a water quality study undertaken in Northern Uganda, to test the potability and potential contamination of water taken from wells, open water sources and households. Key lessons from the study include the fact that clean well water can be contaminated during transportation to, and storage in, homes. Building on the data from the water quality tests, this paper explores the policy implications for national governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and individuals at the household level. In the absence of more specific, country-by-country
studies, the results from this study are applicable across the region due to similarities in water sources and storage practices in rural Africa. [authors abstract]

TitleBuilding effective drinking water management policies in rural Africa : lessons from northern Uganda
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsOpio, C
Secondary TitleCIGI-Africa Initiative Discussion Paper Series
Volume6
Pagination20 p.; 3 fig.; 3 tab.
Date Published2012-09-01
PublisherCentre for International Governance Innovation, CIGI
Place PublishedWaterloo, Ont, Canada
Keywordsaccess to water, drinking water, policies, rural areas, uganda northern uganda, water management, water quality
Abstract

While the need to provide clean drinking water is widely recognized as a priority in rural Sub-Saharan Africa, there is a lack of specific data on water quality to build effective drinking water management policies. This discussion paper describes a water quality study undertaken in Northern Uganda, to test the potability and potential contamination of water taken from wells, open water sources and households. Key lessons from the study include the fact that clean well water can be contaminated during transportation to, and storage in, homes. Building on the data from the water quality tests, this paper explores the policy implications for national governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and individuals at the household level. In the absence of more specific, country-by-country
studies, the results from this study are applicable across the region due to similarities in water sources and storage practices in rural Africa. [authors abstract]

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