Donnish Journal of Geography and Regional Planning

March 2016 Vol. 2(2), pp. 009-014

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Original Research Article

Safe Water and Sanitation Situation in Ilesa Metropolis, Osun State, Nigeria

Omotoso, Oluwatuyi1* and Oyeniyi, Samson Oluseyi2

1Department of Geography and Planning Science, Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria.
2Faculty of Environmental Studies, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke, Nigeria.

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Accepted 18th February, 2016.


Water and sanitation coverage in Nigeria is among the worst in the world and the number of deaths resulting from water related problem is unbearable. The paper therefore examines safe water and sanitation situation in Ilesa and compares the physical, chemical and micro-biological characteristics with World Health Organization recommended standards. Data were collected from both primary and secondary sources and it was revealed that hand-dug wells were peoplesí main source of water in the study area and all the samples pass chemical characteristics test, but they are all unsafe for drinking because they did not meet (WHO) recommended standard due to the presence of harmful micro-organisms which are found to be a fallout of poor sanitation. Immediate and long term recommendations suggest water treatment, public enlightenment on the dangers of unsafe water, improved sanitation, protection of drinking water sources, sinking of new and deeper wells away from the repository of dirt, and enforcement of environmental laws among others were recommended. The paper will be of immense benefit to policy makers, health workers and individuals.

Keywords: Safe water, Sanitation, Parameters, Hand-dug Wells.

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Omotoso, Oluwatuyi and Oyeniyi, Samson Oluseyi. Safe Water and Sanitation Situation in Ilesa Metropolis, Osun State, Nigeria. Donnish Journal of Geography and Regional Planning. 2(2) 2016 pp. 009-014.

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