Author(s): J. E. Koku & J.-E. Gustafsson
This paper examines the water management situation in the Ho Municipality of
It provides an overview of the country’s draft water policy and its
implications for water supply in the municipality.
Also examined are
households’ adaptation strategies in accessing water in the face of water scarcity
and their attendant socio-economic implications.
Results show that households
adopt several coping strategies to access water in times of scarcity/shortage.
These come in two basic forms.
One entails utilisation of alternative sources,
namely sachet water for drinking purposes, while water from open
wells/boreholes served cooking, washing and bathing purposes.
involves adjustment in water use at the individual level, e.g.
reduction in quantity
of water used for different purposes as well as the number of times one had to
take a bath in a day.
These practices have serious implications for health and
well being of residents.
To sustain water provision in the municipality, the paper
calls for diversification of water supplies.
This could be accomplished, for
example, through linking boreholes to piped-water and also through promotion
of rain water techniques to supplement existing supplies.
water supply, peri-urban, urban, water scarcity, adaptations, Ho
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/ECO070521
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