Effective drinking water management policies in Rural Africa

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Building Effective Drinking Water Management Policies in Rural Africa: Lessons from Northern Uganda

by Christopher Opio

Key Points

  • National governments should develop strong rural drinking water quality
    monitoring and surveillance programs to ensure that uncontaminated water is
    available in rural Sub-Saharan African communities.
  • Governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) need to educate
    well users on proper transportation and storage of water in order to ensure their
    efforts to provide reliable sources of clean drinking water to rural areas are not
    being jeopardized.
  • Communities must be engaged in the planning, installation and management of
    wells to foster a sense of local ownership.

Click Here to download the CIGI Africa Initiative Policy Brief No. 5 (September 2012)

Click Here to download the CIGI-AI Discussion Paper #6 – Christopher Opio



2 Comments on “Effective drinking water management policies in Rural Africa”

  1. It is fine to dig wells and we have donated before, my question is what specifically what is in place to maintain these wells once they are turned over to the community?

    1. Each water well has a management committee (Chairman,Secretary, and Treasurer) elected by well users (villagers) to manage the well. Each well user pays affordable nominal fee (determined by the committee), monthly or periodically,and the money is deposited in a local bank for well maintenance needs (e.g., valve replacement if worn out). Regular meetings are held to ensure the well is operating well. NUDF takes water samples, periodically, to the the central lab for chemical and bacterial tests to enure the quality of the water is maintained. NUDF local volunteer staff also educate villagers on well management and sanitation.

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