Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Accessibility of Domestic Water Supply in the Remote Upper Villages of Manang District, Nepal
by Karki, Kanchan, M.S., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2014, 102; 1565831
Abstract (Summary)

Domestic water is the most important component for human survival. Although domestic water is important, access to it is not easy in most parts of the world. In developing countries like Nepal and especially in rural areas, domestic water supply is not easily available for local people. In some places the water may be scarce and in other cases water may be abundant but improper management may lead to water scarcity. In this scenario, this research aims to uncover the domestic water supply in remote upper villages of Manang district, Nepal. However, enough literature could not be found on the research area, which indicated the significance of this research. This study will fulfill the research gap related to domestic water supply in the study area along with local peoples' perception on management of the domestic water supply system. Semi-structured interviews are the main tool for data collection. Altogether eighteen semi-structured interviews were carried out in seven villages of the upper region of Manang district. The responses from the interviewees indicate that water resources are abundant in the area and spring water is the major source for domestic water use. Local people from the study area do have access to a domestic water supply. However, in some villages people are satisfied with the current supply system and in some villages people show dissatisfaction. This research has tried to find out the actual situation in each of the villages and analyzed the problem of the supply system and recommended some remedies for the problem. In addition, this research has tried to incorporate the human perception on climate change and its impact on the study area. Overall, this research is a good contribution to environmental geography as it can be considered a reference point for further research on domestic water supply systems in rural parts of developing countries.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hu, Shunfu
Commitee: Hildebrandt, Kristine, Hume, Susan
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Geography
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Geography
Publication Number: 1565831
ISBN: 978-1-321-21734-6
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