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    Oral Presentation
    Session 7.03: Agricultural and sanitation contaminants and implications for water services and health
    Owor Michael
    Sustaining urban groundwater-fed water supplies and sanitation systems in Africa- case study of Lukaya, Uganda
    Increasing and sustaining access to low-cost urban water supplies and sanitation systems in towns and cities of low-income countries depends upon the conjunctive use of the shallow subsurface for both the supply of safe water and receptacle of faecal wastes (e.g. pit latrines, septic tanks). As part of a three-country, town-city-megacity study under the AfriWatSan consortium, we present a situational analysis of the water and sanitation conditions for Lukaya, a town in Uganda with a population of 25000 that is dependent upon shallow groundwater for its water supply. Lukaya experiences a seasonally humid climate with bimodal rainfall and is drained by a regional wetland that overlies a buried river channel. Metasedimentary and cratonic rocks are overlain by unconsolidated weathered rock (saprolite) and shallow alluvial and lacustrine sediments. Groundwater levels are shallow (up to 0.5 mbgl) and well yields are typically low (0.5-1.5 m3h-1) with the exception of a production borehole installed in an area with shallow alluvial, lacustrine and possibly fluvial sediments. Yields in distributed handpump wells are highly variable leading to both inconsistent performance and intermittency in supply despite rising water demand. Sanitation facilities comprise pit latrines that are often flooded due to shallow water tables with coverage unassessed but expected to be low. These facilities are proximate to water sources and often emptied into surrounding wetlands increasing associated health risks. Access to water sources is limited and demand is high, with most households being separated from these sources by distances >3km and having to wait for >30 minutes for their turn to replenish supplies. Background groundwater quality is largely fresh of Ca-Mg and HCO3-SO4 types but in some cases it may have undesirably high total iron concentrations. Key issues needing attention include- (1) water sources (e.g. insufficient sources and storage)+ (2) water quality (e.g. chemical treatment costs)+ and (3) water and sanitation management (e.g. sanitary waste discharge to surrounding wetlands).


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