How Developing Nations Can Provide Reliable Water Supply to Their Urban Populations

There is one major problem that developing nations face, namely the problem of providing reliable water supply to their urban populations. You can only get to agree with this statement if you have lived (as an ordinary citizen) in a city within a developing nation – especially the nations in Africa and South East Asia. Then you will have had to grapple with the challenges brought about by unreliable water supply. You will have gotten a chance to know what it means to go for weeks without water in your taps. You will have gotten a chance to know what it means to buy water from vendors, who normally charge a premium for the product (a product whose safety can’t be entirely vouched for in any event)…

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Having established that one of the major challenges that developing nations face is that of providing a reliable water supply to their urban populations, a question arises as to what can be done to solve the problem. To my mind, the main thing that the developing nations can do, to provide reliable water supply to their urban populations, is to maximize on the rainfall. This is to say that measures need to be put in place, to ensure that whenever rain falls, the water is captured before it runs off into the seas or into the lakes. And the main way that this can be done is through the construction of large-scale dams on rivers.

Of course, beyond the investment in the construction of dams, more work needs to be done in setting up water treatment plans and reliable supply lines. The main challenge that the developing nations face is that of getting adequate funds to set up water management systems that are large enough for their populations. But in this day and age, when water is being sold as a commodity, there is no reason as to why that should be hard. It is really just a question of investing the money that people pay as water bills into the setting up of adequate water supply infrastructure.