NATURE OF HYDROGEOLOGY, WATER SUPPLY AND THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE MANAGEMENT OF WATER IN URBAN AND PERI-URBAN KANO, NIGERIA
The study examined nature of hydrogeology and role of gender in water supply in parts of Kano Metropolis and its immediate surroundings. Five local government areas were randomly selected through balloting process from Urban and Peri-Urban Kano. In each of the selected local government areas two sampling site were selected. Data on number of bore holes, open wells, taps and other sources of water supply were collected through field observation. Responses on sources of water supply, water storage, water management, water usage, water supply and role of women, water and family size were collected through interview. Nature of hydrogeology was obtained through reclassifying hydrogeological map of the study areas in GIS environment. Water table was obtained through pumping test records of existing boreholes in the areas. Findings of the research shows that borehole is the major source of drinking water with a total of 83 (27.6%) followed by open well with 69 (23%) and Tap and well with least 4 (1.3%). It can be seen that Hotoron Masallaci with Dior Granite has the highest number of bore holes 18 and open well 7 and a water table of about 506 – 560m. Lambu has 15 boreholes and 7 wells and is with coarse pink and Black granite and water table of 456 – 507m. It can be observed that Rijiyar Lemo with 3 boreholes and 2 wells and Kurnar Asabe with 3 boreholes and 9 wells are all having Pink and white granites which signifies low ground water and high water table values of 666 – 717m. It is deduced that 92% of the respondents store their water in drums. It was established that there is significant differences with regards to water storage among the study locations. Result also shows that water management is mostly controlled by women. It shows that 92% uses water for cooking. It is proved that 57% of the respondents said water availability rest with women, 45% by men and 3% by children. It is established that groundwater availability is associated with nature of hydrogeology and this significantly affect role of women in water supply. It is recommended that Government and stakeholders should development of a well-designed project for integrated water supply in the areas of low water table.