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MCC Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project - Mongolia
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Between August and October 2016, University Research Co., LLC (URC), in collaboration with Mongolia Marketing Consulting Group (MMCG), conducted a rapid assessment to assess and analyze water consumption, access, supply and demand and detail the potential causes for extremely low levels of water use among residents of Ger districts in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
The majority of Ulaanbaatar’s residents live in Ger areas yet studies about the current access to water and its consumption by residents insufficiently represent the complete picture of the residents’ water management. Therefore, this rapid assessment was conducted to (i) assess and analyze water consumption, access, supply and demand among Ger area residents and (ii) detail the potential drivers of what appears in previous studies to be low water use. To accomplish these objectives the team developed and applied data collection tools to determine a) actual time spent by households in activities related to water; b) water consumption amounts for households including family-focused activities and businesses and c) management of water supply kiosks and bathhouses.
The assessment will be a guiding document that will assist the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and its Second Compact Development team to better develop a proposal on Ger area water supply improvements.
In addition, the assessment has triggered the need for further thorough studies on water-related businesses as well as wastewater management/sanitation issues in Ger areas.