Codes and Frequencies
WTRAVAILFRQ reports how often water is available from the main source of drinking water for the household. Responses range from "all the time" to "not at all."
The information in WTRAVAILFRQ is taken from the household record and applies to regular household residents, not temporary visitors. Researchers may wish to exclude visitors using the RESIDENT variable (with visitors coded "2") when women, children, or births are the unit of analysis, and using the HHRESIDENT variable when household members are the unit of analysis.
Comparability — Index
Apart from universe differences and slight differences in question wording, WTRAVAILFRQ is largely comparable across samples.
Comparability - Standard DHS
WTRAVAILFRQ is a country-specific variable not included in the standard DHS household questionnaire.
Comparability — Ghana [top]
The Ghana 2003 survey uses a specific reference period of "the last two weeks."
- Ghana 2003: All women age 15-49.
- Kenya 2003: Women age 15-49 in households that don't use bottled water as their main source of drinking water.