REACH Khulna Tubewell Audit, 2018

Salehin, Mashfiqus and Hoque, Sonia and Hope, Rob (2021). REACH Khulna Tubewell Audit, 2018. [Data Collection]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Service. 10.5255/UKDA-SN-854688

REACH ( is a nine-year global research programme (2015 - 24) to improve water security for 10 million poor people in Asia and Africa. REACH is led by the University of Oxford with an international consortium of partners and funded by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). REACH research focuses on eight observatories across three countries (Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Kenya).

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The REACH Khulna Tubewell Audit involved mapping of all public and private tubewells (or handpumps) in Polder 29, one of the 139 polders (embanked islands) in southwestern coastal Bangladesh. Polder 29 has a land area of 80 km2 and covers five unions (Tier-4 administrative boundary) across Dumuria and Batiaghata upazilas (sub-districts) of Khulna district. The polder is further sub-divided into 77 mouzas (Tier-5 administrative boundary), with a total population of 58,000 and 17,000 households (BBS, 2011). The audit covered 3159 tubewells mapped in two phases. Phase 1 (Dec 2017 to Feb 2018) involved a census of 2805 tubewells in the southern half of the polder, while Phase 2 (May 2018) involved a sample of 354 tubewells in the northern half where groundwater salinity is relatively lower than the southern part. The audit collected information on the location, installation date, technical specifications, ownership, maintenance, and usage patterns of tubewells. Water salinity was measured for all functional tubewells using an Ohaus ST300CG Portable Conductivity Meter, 0–199.9 mS/cm.

Data creators:
Creator Name Affiliation ORCID (as URL)
Salehin Mashfiqus Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
Hoque Sonia University of Oxford
Hope Rob University of Oxford
Sponsors: Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office
Grant reference: Aries Code 201880
Topic classification: Natural environment
Science and technology
Project title: REACH | Improving water security for the poor
Grant holders: Prof Robert Hope
Project dates:
1 May 201530 April 2024
Date published: 16 Mar 2021 10:47
Last modified: 16 Mar 2021 10:48

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