The Management of urban self-supply wells in Abeokuta, Nigeria: An assessment and redefinition of roles for water safety planning
Publication Date : 06-07-2020
This paper describes source management practices of self-supply wells in Abeokuta, Nigeria, through a descriptive case study involving semi-structured interviews with open ended questions. The paper detailed perception of users as per source management, the management problems, and factors influencing the identified problems. A major problem is lack of co-operation among resident users. The resident users are further highlighted as managers of self-supply systems. The highlighted role of the resident users showed one of the unique management features of self-supply sources - that is, systems owned by one but managed by many. This management feature is different from communal systems – owned and managed by the community or the public water systems, which are largely owned and managed by the Government. The paper identifies possible solutions, and argues the need for appropriate role definition in water safety development and implementation for the systems in view of the fact that self-supply owners qualify as self-supply sources yet the existing management practices becloud their role definition in water safety plans.
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