Demand For Clean Drinking Water In Khartoum Middle Administrative Unit

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Ahmed AbdelRahman Ahmed ElNawrani
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University of Khartoum
The study aims at analyzing attitudes of citizens in general and household heads in particular, towards the problem of the quality of drinking water. The main question is whether the household head is willing to pay extra fees in order to get a better quality of drinking water or not, since there has been a noticeable deterioration in the quality of drinking water in Khartoum State, according to the citizens and some health authorities. The study basically relates willingness to pay of the citizens to socioeconomic factors such as income, age, education, gender and etc…It also intends to explore this area and opens a space for investing projects in improving the drinking water quality based on the principle of cost and benefit. The study depends primarily on the information from the questionnaires that were distributed to the citizens. A random sample of 100 individual representing 100 families of those residing in the area of middle Khartoum of the Khartoum Locality, was chosen. Accordingly, a model has been constructed to test the hypothesis of the study where the amount of money a household head is willing to pay being as a dependent variable and those of income, gender, age and education as independent variables. Different statistical packages were then used to fit the regression of the model in order to find the correlation of coefficients of the variables, and test the statistical significance to prove the validity of the hypothesis of the study and reach the conclusions. The study indicated that there was a direct significant relationship between the amount of money a household head is willing to pay as extra fees and water with a better quality, his income and education level and negative relationship concerning his age. While the relationship regarding the gender variable was statistically insignificant. The study showed that 50% of the sample is willing to pay extra fees ranging from 1.6 to 13.8 SDG. Also, 92% of the sample thinks that the quality of drinking water is bad, 85% concern about the quality of water, and 63% took an action towards the quality of drinking water by either using filters or buying bottled water. Moreover, 38% confirmed that their families are suffering from health diseases due to the quality of water. Above all, the study concluded that the income is the most important variable, and so it recommends an increase on income average of the individual to give the study a practicality characteristic
A thesis submitted to the University of Khartoum in partial fulfillment for the degree of M.Sc in Economics
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Ahmed AbdelRahman Ahmed ElNawrani, Demand For Clean Drinking Water In Khartoum Middle Administrative Unit. – Khartoum : University of Khartoum, 2010. -122 P. : illus., 28 cm., M.Sc.