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Title:The use of community participation in potable water supply in Nigeria: the case of Edo State
Author:Ehinomen, Christopher
Periodical:The Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:popular participation
water supply
Abstract:In both the urban and rural areas of Edo State, Nigeria, scarcity of potable water is widespread. Conventionally, government is responsible for providing safe and clean drinking water through the state water boards. However, pipe-borne water production is capital intensive and government-funded water schemes have proved non-sustainable. The present study focuses on how to improve the capacity of potable water supply in Edo State through continuing participatory development, using a community-based water supply project. A survey questionnaire administered to a total of 324 respondents was used to collect data, in addition to personal interviews, observations, and statistics from the water board. The findings indicate that both rural and urban community members are committed and willing to participate in developing strategies for improving the capacity of potable water supply in Edo State, and that the staff of Edo State Water Board is ready to work with the communities in order to find solutions to the problems of potable water supply. App., bibliogr., note, ref., sum.