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

Bonsor, H.C.; Oates, N.; Chilton, P.J.; Carter, R.C.; Casey, V.; MacDonald, A.M. ORCID:; Etti, B.; Nekesa, J.; Musinguzi, F.; Okubal, P.; Alupo, G.; Calow, R.; Wilson, P.; Tumuntungire, M.; Bennie, M.. 2015 A hidden crisis: strengthening the evidence base on the current failure of rural groundwater supplies. In: 38th WEDC International Conference, Loughborough, UK, 27-31 July 2015. (Unpublished)

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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 a UK-funded development research project. 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

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Paper)
Additional Keywords: GroundwaterBGS, Groundwater, International development
Date made live: 01 May 2015 13:27 +0 (UTC)

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