The price of water in Luanda

The most important map for us is always the price of water. As the water market is still highly privatized, especially in the areas with bad or no ‘normal’ access to water from EPAL (Impresna Publica da Aguas) at home. This means that water becomes a commodity that is traded, and the more distance there is between the source of water and the house, the higher the prices. In many of the high density areas there is no functional household water system. And roads are too small for tank-trucks with water. Water is transported by the women and girls in buckets and bidons, or delivered by boys with carry-alls.

The maps below show the variation of water prices across the city of Luanda based on a 20 liter bidon or bucket which is the common measure of sale at community stand posts or at the water tanks of private sellers.


2014 Luanda Map Prices of Water

2013 Luanda Map prices of water

2012 Luanda Map Prices of Water
It can be seen that there is still a wide variation in water prices and that water is still a major financial burden on families in some parts of the city. However in areas where the DW/Angolan Government-led community management system (MoGeCA) has been introduced, water can be found at affordable prices. The coverage of community management via MoGeCA has increased significantly in the fourth year of DW’s Voices of Citizens for Urban Change Program, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Looking at the 3 years we have mapped, we can see shifts in the prices and the most expensive locations. This clearly indicates the improvements reached in some areas, and the deterioration in other areas. One main pipe burst, or a road blocked, or a heavy rainy season (like this last year) can influence the access to water for tens of thousands of people.

Neighbourhood Data Collection Workshop

Santa Fe ConferenceIn November, Development Workshop participated in “Acting Locally, Understanding Globally – Workshop on Building an International Community of Practice for Neighbourhood Data Collection” at the Sante Fe Institute in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

We were very pleased to two of our projects: Voices of Citizens for Urban Change (supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Cities Alliance) and the GSMA Mobil Water Monitoring project.

A key finding we shared from DW’s programs: enabling local municipalities to co-own data from the beginning supports a sense of common ground in the defence of community interests in improving access to basic services, tenure rights and participative planning. Find out more here.

Presentations from WaterAid, WSUP and SeeSaw online now

Development Workshop received a high-level mission from WaterAid from May 20 to 25, 2013 to consolidate a partnership program between the two organisations to work in Angola. Thank you to all who participated!

Visit our website here to listen to presentations from WaterAid’s Rosaria Mabica on WASH Monitoring Indicators, and to WaterAid’s Timeyin Uwejamomere on WaterAid’s method to partner with local governments.

Rosaria Mabica.

Rosaria Mabica.

On our website you can also listen to presentations provided by Tim Hayward from Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) here and by David Schaub-Jones from SeeSaw in Cape Town here, who both supported the WaterAid team.

David Schaub-Jones

David Schaub-Jones