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Title: GIS and modelling in the management of rural water supply
Authors: Wonderen, Jan van
Ravenscroft, Peter
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: © WEDC, Loughborough University
Citation: WONDEREN, J. VAN and RAVENSCROFT, P., 2000. GIS and modelling in the management of rural water supply. IN: Pickford, J. (ed). Water, sanitation and hygiene - Challenges of the Millennium: Proceedings of the 26th WEDC International Conference, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 5-9 November 2000, pp.367-368.
Abstract: Until the 1970's the rural population of Bangladesh relied on surface water and traditional dug wells for their domestic water supply. Use of these unsafe sources led to large-scale outbreaks of cholera and diarrhoeal disease, particularly amongst young children. The GoB, UNICEF and others identified groundwater as a safe alternative and commenced a massive programme of installing hand tubewells (HTW). Later this was also taken up by the private sector. Estimates of the present number of HTW’s in use range between 3 and 10 million. The success of the switch to ‘safe’ sources of water supply led to dramatic reductions in both morbidity and mortality attributed to diarrhoeal diseases. As recently as 1998, UNICEF concluded that more 97% of the rural population had access to safe drinking water.
Description: This is a conference paper.
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/29778
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