Safe drinking water and proper sanitation are inseparable and critical to public health. Unfortunately access to this is a major challenge in the rural communities of Nigeria. To ensure access to water and sanitation for all is Sustainable Development Goal number 6 to transform the world. However, due to poor infrastructure and bad economics, by 2050 at least one in four people is likely to be affected by chronic or recurring shortage of fresh water (UNICEF, 2016). Studies have shown that three out of four jobs are water dependent directly or indirectly and shortages of water may limit economic growth.
The need to rehabilitate the remaining water sources is imperative. The provision of safe drinking water is one of the surest ways to reduce poverty, eliminate water borne diseases and save money.
CIDAR is a team of Professionals who have spent most of their professional careers in developing the WASH Sector in Nigeria.
We have established (VLOM) Village Level Operation and Maintenance of (HPBHs) Hand-Pump Boreholes and (MBHs) Motorized Boreholes.
We have also developed a reasonably large network of Private Local Area Mechanics, Local Entrepreneurs and Community Development Professionals across Nigeria.
- Over 60 million people of Nigeria do not have access to safe water
- Improved drinking water coverage is only around 42% in the three Northern zones
- Only 56% of hand pumps function in this region
- Non-functionality occurs largely due to mechanical fault, electricity failure, pipe burst, vandalized by miscreants and unskilled persons, lack of community ownership