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Title:Making Public Water Taps Run in Calabar Municipality, Nigeria
Author:Animashaun, I.A.
Year:1989
Periodical:African Urban Quarterly (ISSN 0747-6108)
Volume:4
Issue:1-2
Period:January-May
Pages:43-57
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
Subjects:water supply
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Urbanization and Migration
urbanization
Calabar (Nigeria)
Urban policy
Abstract:The accelerating rate of population growth in urban areas of the developing world has since the last five decades progressively led to the creation of a number of intractable planning problems. One such problem is that of the adequate supply of portable domestic water. With respect to Calabar Municipality, Nigeria, poor financing, shortage of skilled personnel and inefficient water supply administration are identified as the major constraints to the adequate provision of portable water. Over the years, the incidence of water-related social and pathological problems has been seen to vary positively with an individual's access to portable water. The myriad of water-related problems could, however, be alleviated through the formulation and implementation of appropriate policies, such as strict control of rural-urban migration, which has been the main source of stress on water supply, an economic pricing system wherein urban water consumers are charged appropriate prices to defray costs of operation and maintenance of water supply infrastructure, and educating water consumers against the use of toxic substances and dumping of fecal waste and refuse near sources of domestic water so as to minimize the overall cost of water treatment. Ref.
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