Groundwater access in urban Africa
Exploring how access to groundwater is shaping the resilience of urban areas across Africa, offering insights for both water security and for the resilience of people and places.
Securing access to clean water for all is both a fundamental human right and a cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Despite strong progress, the rapid growth of African cities in recent years has stretched the ability of the public sector to meet rising demands for domestic water supplies.
Changing climatic conditions, particularly rising incidence of drought, are accentuating the challenge for many cities.
The available water supplies are sometimes insufficient to meet demand, resulting in many cities being described as in a situation of water crisis.
Where provision by public authorities is inadequate, and conditions allow, many households are commissioning their own boreholes to secure their water supplies from groundwater. The implications of this rapidly rising trend remains poorly understood.
Through a series of activities, we are working with collaborators to build a stronger understanding of the forces driving the proliferation of boreholes and of the potential implications for the resilience of the urban areas, resident households and the wider ecosystem.
Find out more about our ongoing projects and activities in urban Africa.