Somalia Drought Crisis - Water Price Monitoring: Middle Shabelle Region, Somalia, January 2018



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.

January data collection in Middle Shabelle was conducted through a quantitative survey between 7 - 12 February, 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 seven waterpoints in Jowhar District and two waterpoints in Balcad District in Middle Shabelle Region.

• Prices of water in Middle Shabelle increased by an average of 20% from December 2017 to January 2018.

• The majority (78%) of assessed waterpoints showed no change in price from December 2017 to January 2018. Twenty-two percent (22%) showed an increase in price mainly due to increased water shortage.

• Thirty-three percent (33%) of assessed waterpoints in Middle Shabelle reportedly do not have their water treated at the distribution point. All the waterpoints that have their water treated have it treated through chlorination.