Sociological Analysis of Community Participation in Sustainable Water Supply in Rural Areas of Punjab, Pakistan

Muhammad Aasim, Babak Mahmood, Malik Muhammad Sohail

Abstract


There are many questions arising about country’s ability to ensure adequate water supplies for residents. This study aims to examine the degree of participation of community in supplying the water and further to explore certain sociological factors that may promote or impede the supply of water. In present study collected data was used for developing a causal relationship among the variables. The sample size consists of n=300. Two rural water supply schemes were selected from each District. For collection of data cross sectional survey research method was used. Interview schedule was formed as data collection tool to gather information from respondents who were head of house hold. It is found that empowerment of local people in operation and maintenance tasks of development projects enhance ownership of these projects, in terms of sustainability. It was found that lack of interest of line departments, non-fulfillment of promised benefits and lack of sense of ownership in community is the reason of dissatisfaction with the operating system of water services in their village. The findings of the present study clearly warrant the need for increased rural water supply programs and active engagement of people in quality assurance such schemes.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2016.v7n2s1p448


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