Behaviors, attitudes and practices and water quality in the Cotonou’s city


From the situational analysis, behaviors, attitudes and practices and water quality in the Cotonou’s city through two complementary studies conducted by the office of Benin of Pan-African Intergovernmental Agency for Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA Benin) for the SAC-TIC project context of implemented by the the consortium WSA-Benin, PNE-Benin, SONEB and SOLUTIS, the following major observations were made:

- Only 22.92% consume drinking water at the point of consumption ;

- 32.55% of the water samples analyzed are contaminated with Escherichia coli, which is the best indicator of the risk of water-borne diseases ;

- Households who source from collective access points, or from neighbors, 67.1% use open containers such as basins without cover ;

- 64.07% of the samples contain residual chlorine, of which 35.16% in the form of traces;

- 56.4 % of households have a connection to SONEB at home;

- 67.1% Households sourcing from collective access points, or from neighbors, use open containers such as unshelled basins;

- However, 94.7% ensure the correct cleaning of the containers before drawing;

- 48.2% use sachets to stabilize the water;

- Only 12.9 % and 17.9 % of tank and barrel users respectively close them properly with adequate covers;

- 65.2% of households say they clean storage containers at least once a week, 76.22% of which do so at least twice;

- 50.2% use the reserves made in anticipation of the eventualities of SONEB’s water cuts.

Vi Nguyen's picture

Interesting to see the results of this analysis on user behaviours and attitudes. How will you use this knowledge to develop your project further?

Rachel ARAYE's picture

Based on the results of these two complemetary studies, four localities with high levels of drinking water contamination were identifed in Cotonou’s district. Studies results will be used for the conception of SARAR PHAST's tools. These localities will benefit from awareness during which their conscience will be drawn to the bad practices identified during the studies and will be aware of good hygiene, water and sanitation practices.