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Somalia Drought Crisis - Water Price Monitoring: Bay Region, Somalia, November 2017

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Background

The Water Price Monitoring assessment aims to establish a data collection, monitoring and reporting system on water market prices in order to allow humanitarian and development actors to better analyse humanitarian needs in areas particularly affected by drought.

November data collection in Bay was conducted through a quantitative survey between 26 - 29 November, focusing only on those waterpoints in the region that are charging for water. The assessment has followed the official district boundaries of the region.

All prices are shown in US Cents for 90L of water. This is the daily amount used by a household of six members, consuming the minimum Sphere standard of 15L water per person per day. Price changes are subject to exchange rate.

Key Findings

  • This factsheet presents information collected from 36 waterpoints in the Bay region in November, all in Baidoa Town.

  • Prices of water in Baidoa increased by an average of 3% from October to November.

  • The majority of the waterpoints (72%) showed no price change from October to November, while 17% had an increase in price mainly due to more households accessing the waterpoints.

  • Only 6% of the assessed waterpoints in Baidoa are not treated at the distribution point. The majority (83%) are chlorinated and 8% are treated with aquatabs.