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dc.contributor.authorOkotto, Lornaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorOkotto-Okotto, Josephen_UK
dc.contributor.authorPrice, Heatheren_UK
dc.contributor.authorPedley, Steveen_UK
dc.contributor.authorWright, Jimen_UK
dc.description.abstractShallow hand-dug wells are commonly used to supplement partial or intermittent piped water coverage in many urban informal settlements in sub-Saharan Africa. Such wells are often microbially contaminated. This study aimed to quantify the amount of such groundwater consumed, identify the socio-economic profile of well owners and consumers, and patterns of domestic water usage in informal settlements in Kisumu, Kenya. Building on a previous study, 51 well owners and 137 well customers were interviewed about well water abstraction, water usage and handling patterns, asset ownership, and service access. An estimated 472m3 of groundwater per day was abstracted in two informal settlements, with most groundwater consumers using this water for purposes other than drinking or cooking. According to an asset index, well owners were significantly wealthier than both the customers purchasing their groundwater and those drinking or cooking with untreated groundwater. This suggests that shallow groundwater sources provide poorer urban households with a substantial volume of water for domestic purposes other than drinking and cooking. Ongoing challenges are thus to raise awareness of the health risks of such water among the minority of consumers who consume untreated groundwater and find means of working with well owners to manage well water quality.en_UK
dc.relationOkotto L, Okotto-Okotto J, Price H, Pedley S & Wright J (2015) Socio-economic aspects of domestic groundwater consumption, vending and use in Kisumu, Kenya. Applied Geography, 58, pp. 189-197.
dc.rightsThis article is open-access. Open access publishing allows free access to and distribution of published articles where the author retains copyright of their work by employing a Creative Commons attribution licence. Proper attribution of authorship and correct citation details should be given.en_UK
dc.subjectHand-dug wellen_UK
dc.subjectDomestic water useen_UK
dc.subjectPoverty assessmenten_UK
dc.titleSocio-economic aspects of domestic groundwater consumption, vending and use in Kisumu, Kenyaen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleApplied Geographyen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationJaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST)en_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationVictoria Institute for Research on Environment and Development (VIRED) Internationalen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciencesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Surreyen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Southamptonen_UK
rioxxterms.apcnot requireden_UK
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorOkotto, Lorna|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorOkotto-Okotto, Joseph|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorPrice, Heather|0000-0001-6886-4516en_UK
local.rioxx.authorPedley, Steve|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorWright, Jim|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
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