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Population Growth and Water Supply: The Future of Ghanaian Cities

Population Growth and Water Supply: The Future of Ghanaian Cities
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Author(s): Patrick Brandful Cobbinah (Charles Sturt University, Australia), Dennis Kwadwo Okyere (University of Texas at Dallas, USA) and Eric Gaisie (Technische Universit├Ąt Darmstadt, Germany)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 22
Source title: Megacities and Rapid Urbanization: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9276-1.ch005

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Abstract

With recent and expected record-breaking urban population growth in developing countries, African cities ought to undertake or revisit sustainable planning efforts necessary for managing population growth and dealing with rapid urbanization. This chapter examines how African cities are responding and adapting to rapid population growth in the area of water supply using Ghana as a case study. From a macro perspective, the chapter looks at the nature and extent of population growth and water supply in Africa, with a focus on Ghana. At the micro level, an analysis of the water supply chain in Ghanaian cities, focusing on distribution, equity and accessibility is presented. The chapter further presents a discussion on the way forward regarding urban water supply in Ghana in particular and Africa in general. The chapter concludes with key findings and directions for further research, in relation to population growth and urban water supply.

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