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Residents’ perception on the impact of urban development on water quality in Kabul City, Afghanistan

Safiullah, Zahid and Asmawi, M. Zainora and Abdullah, Muhammad Faris (2021) Residents’ perception on the impact of urban development on water quality in Kabul City, Afghanistan. International Journal of Academic Research In Business And Social Sciences, 11 (6). pp. 818-827. ISSN 2222-6990

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Kabul, as one of the biggest cities and capital of Afghanistan, has been severely affected by the past few decades of war in the country. The Kabul city population has significantly increased after 2001, which resulted in the fastest urban development of the city. About 70% of the Kabul city residents living in the informal settlement, nearly two-thirds of its population do not have access to the city water supply network, and the Kabul city drinking water is mainly being supplied through shallow wells. Proper sanitation system also does not exist in the city. This resulted in the decline of water quality. Indeed, groundwater analyses display a continued reduction in water quality due to increases in pollution. Thus, the main purpose of this research is to analyse the effects of urban development on water quality of groundwater through resident’s perception. Therefore, a survey questionnaire was circulated among 429 persons, which shows that about half of the respondents were not satisfied with their home drinking water quality. Besides, the analyses of data also revealed that rapid urbanisation has a significant impact on water quality and that the rapid population growth, stormwater, water pollution, colour of water, septic tank, drainage, and pit latrine are the main elements that contribute to the impact of urban development on water quality of the city.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3126/91633
Uncontrolled Keywords: Urban Development, Population Growth, Water Quality, Residents Perception, Groundwater
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Urban & Regional Planning
Depositing User: Dr MZainora Asmawi
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2021 14:59
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2022 11:15
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/91633

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