Water scarcity and urban Africa: an overview of urban-rural water linkages

Showers, Kate B (2002) Water scarcity and urban Africa: an overview of urban-rural water linkages. World Development, 30 (4). pp. 621-648. ISSN 0305-750X

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Abstract

A first review of urban Africa's dependence on larger landscapes for water is presented. Tables document: changing water sources between 1970s and 1990s; industrial and domestic wastewater treatment and disposal; electricity generation's dependence on water. Nearby groundwater and rivers were used in the 1970s; increasingly distant sources supplied the 1990s. Domestic and industrial wastes pollute groundwater and rivers. Africa's electricity depends upon large amounts of water, as dammed rivers or for power plant operation. Preserving urban Africa's scarce water supplies requires recognition of urban-rural water cycle linkages and holistic, coordinated, and equitable regional policies and practices that support ecosystem function.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Research funded by MIT Dept. of Urban Planning; part of collaborative venture with African Studies Center, Boston University.
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G0001 Geography (General)
Depositing User: Kate Showers
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:21
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2012 15:41
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/11843
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