Wukro is a small town in Ethiopia with a relatively common problem: water availability is seasonal and vulnerable to climatic events. The rainfall in this semi-arid environment falls mostly in just two months of the year. Water managers need to ensure stored water is available the rest of the year from unconfined aquifers accessed through hand-pumps in rural areas, and via a piped network in the urban area. These unconfined aquifers have been over abstracted, with water severely restricted in the dry season, especially in dry years, and piped water supplies only available for an hour a week. In the wet season, they are vulnerable to contamination.
Advancing climate resilient water services in Wukro, Ethiopia
21 August 2018