Access to Drinking Water and Community Development in Northwestern Haiti

  • Kristýna Lungová Palacký University in Olomouc


There are approximately 700,000 inhabitants in Northwestern Haiti. Only a fraction of this population has regular daily access to water and its cleanliness is questionnable. Prolonged political instability and a lack of financial resources for water infrastructure results in more than 50% of inhabitants having no access to safe drinking water at all. Bombardopolis is a commune center in the Northwest region of Haiti. Only two thirds of the commune is inhabited. One of the main reasons that it is not fully inhabited is the inaccessibility to water. In 2012, a Czech NGO drilled a well close to the settlement in this area. The research is showing a case study of access to drinking water in Bombardopolis. It is investigating the impact of such a well on its surroundings. Time saved as a result of a closer water source allows for social and economic individual or community development and this model can be duplicated in other areas. The quantitative part of the research focuses on microbiological and chemical quality tests as an inseparable component for measuring quality of water sources.
Apr 22, 2015
How to Cite
LUNGOVÁ, Kristýna. Access to Drinking Water and Community Development in Northwestern Haiti. Development, Environment and Foresight, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 44-61, apr. 2015. ISSN 2336-6621. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 12 dec. 2019.


Haiti; safe drinking water; well drilling; quality of water sources; community development