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Projet: Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "

Activité:Talk show ″Urubugarw'itangazamakuru″ (Club de la presse)

Date:24/07/2022

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  • IPGL
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Why is shortage of water persistent, particularly during the dry season?

Clean water is still a ‘scarce resource’ in Rwanda. Some people get it once or twice a week, and there are residents in some areas which do not access it and resort to consuming untreated water from lakes and other water bodies.

The shortage of safe water is the case in Kigali City and rural districts where clean water demand is relatively high given the growing needs of a rising population and increased activities such as factories and sanitation.

At one of the public taps in Nyakarambi Sector of Kirehe District, around 2p.m, on Friday, August 22, people queued to fetch water. The focal point of Club de la Presse talk show speaks to the residents.

Residents get water from this tap twice a week, and it has become a habit for two years, one of residents told the journalist. She added that sometimes water is supplied into the tap only in the nights.

We used to get water every day, but we have been receiving it twice a week for about two years ago. We were told that the issue resulted from water shortage, for us to get water we are require to wake up 2:00 AM” she said.

Nadina Mukamusoni, a resident of Rutonde Cell of Ntakarambi Sector, Kirehe District said that they pay Rwf1000 per jercan at the public tap.

Water systems, taps do not work

Eng Gisele Muhumuza, the acting CEO of Water and Sanitation Corporation (WSAC) while responding to water infrastructure-related issues that were identified during Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru talk show, said that there are some non-functional rural water supply systems as well as public taps.

She added that the company is still carrying out activities such as setting up new water networks or upgrading the existing ones with aim to ensure that all Rwandans have access to clean water by 2024.

Muhumuza also pointed out that there are still many obstacles to the distribution of clean water around the city of Kigali and other parts of the country due to the increase in population that is not proportional with the infrastructure to distribute it that was planned. She also mentioned the problem of housing that do not facilitates the distribution of water

Mrs Mukantabana from Civil Society said that lack of water is a challenge to hygiene practice such as to wash clothes and the body. 

“Poorer families are the most affected since they have limited financial means to afford a high cost to cover such a basic daily need. Most of them live in old suburbs whereby water pipes’ network does not ease water flow-in because they are old or damaged.” She spoke

She argued that the lack of water makes women and girls go to fetch during the night and are subjected to violence, including rape, and increase of school dropout.

The CEO of WASAC said that the water supply in the cities so far has reached 72%, but if NST1 goes well, all Rwandans will have 100% water in 2024.

In rural areas, it is still low at 52%, but there are partners who work with WASAC in distributing water at district level and they are licensed by RURA.

 

 

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