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Developing a Drinking Water Distribution Network
In Port-au-Prince that can Keep Pace with the
Expansion of the City

Velda Morisset


Geographic focus: Haiti / Port-au-Prince

Date completed: 2002

Throughout developing regions of the world, rapid urbanization often fuels economic growth while marginalizing large populations of people who make the transition from a rural area to the periphery of an urban center. Velda Morisset, a student in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, focused on how her city’s population growth has far outpaced the expansion of infrastructure to its outlying zones. She created a map to document the development of urban areas surrounding the historic core of the city, and to show how rapid growth since 1980 has created sections of the city without infrastructure such as a water system. Velda recommended strict enforcement of pollution controls and development of a feeder system that allows drinking water to reach residents at the periphery of the urban area

Topics / keywords: Infrastructure; Urbanization  

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