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Somalia Drought Crisis - Water Price Monitoring: Gedo 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 Gedo 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 190 waterpoints in Gedo region in November.

  • An overwhelming majority of assessed waterpoints (94%) in Gedo showed no change in price from October to November. Four percent (4%) showed a decrease in price mainly due to an increase in water supply following ongoing rains and households accessing other waterpoints, while 2% showed an increase in price mainly due to more households accessing these waterpoints and changes in exchange rates.

  • All waterpoints are reportedly treated at the distribution point in November. The majority (81%) are chlorinated, while 19% are treated with aquatabs.