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TitleProductive use of domestic piped water for sustaining livelihoods in poor households
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsNaidoo, N, Maine, G, Vrdoljak, M, Chidley, C
Secondary TitleWRC report
VolumeTT 412/09
Paginationxx, 109 p.; ill.; tab.; fig.
Date Published2009-08-01
PublisherWater Research Commission, WRC
Place PublishedGezina
Keywordsaccess to water, gender, poverty, south africa, water use

The Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Strategy (ISRDS) 2000  notes that 85% of the rural population live in the former homelands, with the rest living on commercial farms and small towns. There is a gender bias in poverty levels, with female-headed households being more likely to experience poverty than male-headed households.  Poor households tend to have a larger number of income sources that non-poor households, this spreads risk, and improves, to some degree, security of income. Water has been called the dividing line between poverty and prosperity, and is a cross-cutting tool for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). The primary target group of the MDG is the rural and peri-urban poor in developing countries, whose diversified livelihoods depend strongly on water. Water use at the household level is typically for meeting basic needs (e.g. bathing, drinking and sanitation). However, a vital and growing use of water that is not usually planned for is made up of those activities at the household level that promote economic growth and advance sustainable livelihoods. This is known as the ‘productive use of water’. [authors abstract]

NotesWith references on p. 74 - 78



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