Addis Ababa’s water crisis: challenges and opportunities

Authors: Behailu Birhanu, Seifu Kebede, Tena Alamirew, Gete Zeleke and Katrina Charles

Addis Ababa’s water supply is insufficient to meet current needs, leading to intermittent water supplies which are increasing inequalities in water access depending on access to household storage and finances to develop private wells.

This brief lays out options to better monitor and manage groundwater use, and to improve the conjunctive use of surface and groundwater to support sustainability for Addis Ababa’s water supplies.



Kelly Ann Naylor, Associate Director, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Section, Programme Division, UNICEF

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