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A Hidden Crisis: Strengthening The Evidence Base On The Current Failures Of Rural Groundwater Supplies

HC Bonsor, N Oates, PJ Chilton, RC Carter, V Casey, AM MacDonald, B Etti, J Nekesa, F Musinguzi, P Okubal, G Alupo, R Calow, P Wilson, M Tumuntungire and M Bennie
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Evaluations and Research

Available evidence indicates that >30% of new groundwater-based supplies are non-functional within a few years of construction. This work presents a new and robust methodology for investigating the causes of non-functionality, developed by an interdisciplinary team as part of an UPGRO catalyst grant. The approach was successfully piloted within a test study in NE Uganda, and forms a basis for future research to develop a statistically significant systematic evidence base to unravel the underlying causes of failure.