Somalia Drought Crisis - Water Price Monitoring Somalia, September 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.

September data collection was conducted through a quantitative survey entailing phone calls to water point administrators between 28 September - 18 October in 12 districts. Within these districts, target areas were identified based on availability of partners and accessibility. Only those water points that charge for water in these target areas were assessed.

All prices are shown in United States Dollar (USD) 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.

Due to limited coverage at the district level, findings should be considered indicative.


• In Balcad and Eyl districts, median water prices increased by 50% and 14% respectively from August to September. In Balcad, this was mainly attributed to lack of fuel whereas in Eyl, this was mainly attributed to increased water shortage.

• In Baardheere and Garbahaarrey districts, median water prices decreased by half. This was mainly attributed to households accessing other water points.

• Seventy-five percent (75%) of assessed water points in Eyl, 55% in Baidoa and 35% in Afgooye reportedly do not have their water treated at the distribution point.