Mega water project in Rwanda launched

20 June 2017

Rwanda’s Kicukiro District will soon have increased access to clean water following the launch of a mega water project in the district. The $1.44m water project launched early this week is expected to benefit more than 59,000 residents.

The project is funded by Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC), Kicukiro District, Coca-cola and Water for People, a non-governmental organisation.

WASAC CEO, James Sano, said the project will complement three more projects that are being implemented in Kigali to address water-related problems in the city.

He also said that Kigali had registered an increase in water access numbers from 65,000 m3 last year to 90,000 this year.

According to Sano, they aim to reach 145,000 m3 to surpass the 130,000 m3 needed daily in Kigali. The mayor of the area pointed out small pipes as one of the causative factors of the water shortage prevalent in the area.

The mega water project will thus come in to extend water to such areas in terms of increasing the volume.

Perpetue Kamuyumbu, the country director for Water for People, emphassed the need to strengthen institutions that can properly manage infrastructure while ensuring sustainability of water and sanitation services.

This, she said will enable closing the gap between demand and supply – as reported after a monitoring of the water services. The onset of the project will mark the end of water rationing in the area.

Construction activities, which started last month are expected to be completed in April 2018.

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