New UPGro paper calls for city planners and utilities in Africa to diversify water supply solutions

A UPGro paper has been published by Dr Jenny Grönwall (SIWI) and Dr Sampson Oduro-Kwarteng (KNUST) of the T-GroUP project, entitled “Groundwater as a strategic resource for improved resilience: a case study from peri-urban Accra”

Water insecurity is a growing concern globally, especially for developing countries, where a range of factors including urbanization are putting pressure on water provisioning systems.

The role of groundwater and aquifers in buffering the effects of climate variability is increasingly acknowledged, but it can only be fully realized with a more robust understanding of groundwater as a resource, and how use of it and dependency on it differ.

Accra, in Ghana, and its hinterland is a good example of an African city with chronic water shortages, where groundwater resources offer opportunities to improve resilience against recurring droughts and general water insecurity.

Based on a mixed-methods study of a peri-urban township, it was found that for end users, particularly poor urban households, resilience is an every-day matter of ensuring access from different sources, for different purposes, while attention to drinking water safety is falling behind.

Planners and decision makers should take their cue from how households have developed coping mechanisms by diversifying, and move away from the focus on large infrastructure and centralized water supply solutions.

Conjunctive use, managed aquifer recharge, and suitable treatment measures are vital to make groundwater a strategic resource on the urban agenda.

Download and read the open paper here

photo: Dr Grönwall

T-GroUP: A Visit to Dodowa!

The T-GroUP team have been getting to grips with groundwater in Ghana:

Dr. Jan-Willem Foppen visited Dodowa from 22 to 29 of July. In his visit, Jan Willem met with Dr. George Lutterodt from Central University College (CUC) in Accra, who heads the Local Transition Team (LTT). Together with Dr. Sampson Oduro-Kwarteng from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), who is also part of the LTT, they visited Dodowa, met with local leaders, invited local consultancy firms and drilling firms, and discussed project phases. Also, the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission and the Ghanata Senior High School, two of the associated partners in the project, were visited.

Below a short video clip with impressions and a number of observations:

Re-blogged from: t-group.science