Groundwater resources in deltaic regions are vulnerable to contamination by saline seawater, posing significant crisis for drinking water. Current policy and practice of building water supply infrastructure, without adequate hydrogeological analysis and institutional coordination are failing to provide basic drinking water services for millions of poor people in such difficult hydrogeological contexts. The authors apply a social-ecological systems approach to examine interdisciplinary data from hydrogeological mapping, a water infrastructure audit, 2103 household surveys, focus group discussions and interviews to evaluate the risks to drinking water security in one of 139 polders in coastal Bangladesh.
This is an output from the REACH Improving Water Security for the Poor programme
Hoque, S., Salehin, M., Arif, S. T., Akter, T., Naz, M., and Hope, R. (2019). A social-ecological analysis of drinking water risks in coastal Bangladesh. Science of the Total Environment: 678. doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.04.359
A social-ecological analysis of drinking water risks in coastal Bangladesh