Water Consumption Determinants in Rimin Kebe area, Ungogo Local Government, Kano State, Nigeria

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International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) | Volume IV, Issue VII, July 2020 | ISSN 2454–6186

Water Consumption Determinants in Rimin Kebe area, Ungogo Local Government, Kano State, Nigeria

Nura Isyaku Bello1, Abdulkadir Bello2, Ahmad S. Abubakar3, Ibrahim K. Abdullahi4
1Department of Geography, Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil
2Department of Social Sciences, Geography Unit, Kano State College of Education and preliminary Studies
3Department of Geography, Aminu Kano College of Legal and Islamic Studies
4Department of Environmental Management, Federal University Dutse

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Abstract: The research conducted investigates the major determinants of water consumption in Rimin Kebe, Ungogo Local Government area, Kano State. The questionnaire was use in data collection from the respondent in the study area. The research was able to identify major determinant of water consumption as level of education, family size, income level and time travel to water sources. The resident of the study area has large family size with average of 32% have more than fifteen people in their houses. More than 34% trekked more than one hour from their destination to water sources. About 70% of the respondents have little or no western education in the study area. The research concluded that resident consumes less water due to the reasons, this affect their sanitation and personal hygiene drastically as such several health and environmental problems emanate in the study area.

Keywords: Water consumption, Determinants, Rimin Kebe, Ungogo Local Government


Human survival and well-being in space and time is partly dependent on the access to and the utilization of potable water. Water is required in homes for different purposes including bathing, drinking, cooking, and laundry and cleaning among others. Thus, the United Nations had recommended that an adult man should have access to an average of 115 litres per day (United Nation, 2009).

Water is an essential environmental resource; its most important role lies in human sustenance. Human being utilizes water directly for many purpose; municipal water supply, sanitation, irrigation, transportation, industrial water supply, energy generation (hydroelectric) and recreation (Whittington, 2009). Water plays a necessary and irreplaceable role in many ecosystem services, such as habitat creation, nutrient cycling, the hydrological cycle and climate regulation (Arbues, 2003). Water has many unique characteristics that makes it difficult to trade on regular markets; Exclusive property right cannot be assigned because of its physical attribute its highly fluid nature and role in the hydrological cycle. Secondly, water can be utilized as a non-rival good, where one’s use does not preclude another use of that resource. Thirdly, due to the large amount of interdependency with uses of water such as hydroelectricity generation impacting recreation, externalities can be associated with (Whittington, 2009).