AN EVALUATION OF THE DETERMINANTS OF DOMESTIC WATER DEMAND IN AN URBANIZING TOWN OF LOKOJA KOGI STATE NIGERIA
The availability and quality of water is crucial as water is an essential component of life. The aim of this study is to identify and evaluate the factors determining water demand in Lokoja. The specific objectives are to identify the sources of water for domestic use in Lokoja, examine the relationship between the socio-economic characteristics of the inhabitants and domestic water demand, and examine the delivery and pricing system of water in the metropolis and its effect on the demand. In addition to secondary data, a total of 350 copies of structured questionnaires were administered in the eleven selected neighbourhoods of Lokoja Metropolis. The result of the survey revealed that, largest percent (43.1 percent) of the respondents earn between N51-100, 000. naira as their monthly income. Most (62.6 %) of the households are having a family size of between 6-8 persons. The most dominant source of water for the residents in the study area is the pipe borne water, 42.9 percents of the respondents ascertained. The ranks also revealed that the cost of 20 litres gallon from Mai-Ruwa ranges between N20-30. Most inhabitants consumes between 80-100 litres of water daily for various domestic uses. The distance to the source of water for respondents is between 101-150 meters. Governments, NGOs and individuals are encouraged and recommended to provide adequate infrastructures to ensure efficient portable domestic water delivery in the Lokoja Metropolis
0 06 Jul, 2021
key Words: Keywords: Water demand, Domestic water, Lokoja, Consumption, Water determinants.
Key Contributors: Ocholi Stephen. Ogbaje., Okeme Patric, Uloko Felicia and Omatola Christiana. Ojoyi.