On a cloudy morning on December 14 at round 10 a.m, Amos Nsengiyumva puts a yellow jerry can beneath a water faucet. He turns the valve, and water begins pouring in – its sound depicting that the amount being launched is good enough.
This resident of Nyehonga village, Ryankana mobile, and Bugarama sector in Rusizi district finds that then again, issues were not at all times like this earlier than.
“We used to fetch water from Ruhwa and Rubyiro rivers,” narrates Nsengiyumva. “We didn’t have clean water. Sometimes, those rivers would flood and water would carry mud and glasses, and we would just drink it, given that we didn’t have any other option. That would make us catch diseases caused by worms found in the water.”
Nsengiyumva additionally notes that for the reason that time they were given get entry to to blank water, the folks in his village not be afflicted by waterborne illnesses like earlier than.
Preparing to fetch water subsequent, Odille Uwimbabazi asserts that with the provision of unpolluted water close to her area, her kids not cross to fetch in both Rubyiro or Ruhwa rivers which she says is a long way.
“Today we wash dishes well and bathe without any worry concerning water,” she says.
A couple of kilometres from where in Gaterera mobile, Butare Sector, Eraste Mubemaso poses in entrance of a cafe that he owns.
He concedes that earlier than his neighbourhood used to be provided with blank water, he would pay Frw 200 to get a jerry can however now he will pay handiest Frw 20.
“There is a big difference,” he continues. “I used to spend Frw 2000 daily to get clean water but now, I spend between Frw 200 and Frw 250, hence I gain more profit. Moreover, I can get water anytime because it is near me. It has also increased our hygiene; it is easy to find water for cleaning and washing ustensils.”
The 3 citizens are amongst 201,467 beneficiaries of a mission named “Design, Rehabilitation, Upgrading, and Extension of Water Supply Network in Rusizi City and Peri-Urban Areas”.
The mission used to be financed through the African Development Bank (AFDB) and applied through Water and Sanitation Cooperation (WASAC) from June 2019 till April 2022.
According to the frame, the previous Rusizi water provide community used to be dealing with huge demanding situations together with inefficiency, unreliability, and being vulnerable to unsustainable water provide products and services, now not handiest due to its age but additionally the truth that inhabitants expansion used to be overwhelmingly massive over time of its life.
The different issue that brought on a direct intervention for this community and its related infrastructural amenities, in accordance to WASAC, is the truth that there was a exceptional geographical city enlargement and per-urban built-up environments.
Therefore, it used to be important to rehabilitate, improve and make bigger the water provide community in town of Rusizi and its peri-urban spaces.
In Rusizi District, the mission reached Kemembe, Gihundwe, Mururu, Muganza, Rwimbogo, Bugarama, Nyakabuye, Gikundamvura, Butare and Bweyeye Sectors whilst in Nyamasheke district, the mission reached Giheke, Kirimbi, and Gihombo sectors.
Free water connections for greater than 700 deficient households
Under the mission, 740 inclined households from the primary and 2d Ubudehe classes had been hooked up to water at no cost.
Liberathe Mukamajoro who is living in Ngoma village, Butare Sector is one among them.
“We used to fetch water in the valley – very far – like three hours away, but we have clean water here in front of our houses,” she says. “Now we are able to bathe and wash clothes for our children. We thank the government of Rwanda.”
Evariste Nsengiyumva some other shut resident provides: “During rainy season, you would pay Frw 300 to get one jerry which was a lot given the living conditions we had. Now, we are able to fetch water right here in front of our houses.”
Mwoya Water Treatment Plant used to be constructed
Mwoya water Treatment Plant is the important thing element of the mission. The plant put in in Butare Sector, has a manufacturing capability of three,000m3 consistent with day. Butare, Gikundamvura, Nyakabuye and Bugarama sectors are among the spaces equipped.
According to Louis Munyemanzi Ndagijimana, Vice Mayor in price of Social Affairs, the plant helped round 100,000 citizens in the district to get get entry to to blank water.
He stated that all the way through the mission, other networks had been both rehabilitated or prolonged, stating that 3 are discovered in Bweyeye Sector and provide blank water to 5125 other people.
“That helped Rusizi district to move from 68 per cent of access to water to 80 per cent,” he disclosed, urging the electorate to stay holding the established water infrastructures.
The govt of Rwanda is dedicated itself to complete protection of water get entry to through 2024 as consistent with the National Strategies for Transformation I (NST I). In that spirit, quite a lot of tasks are recently on-going to building up manufacturing capability in order to meet the expanding water calls for around the nation together with town of Rusizi and its peri-urban spaces.
According to Xavier Rwibasira, WASAC’s SPIU Coordinator, in Rusizi District there used to be a different case the place other other people did not have any get entry to to blank water.
He stated that actions to take on the problem took round $9 million, including that 218 kilometres of the community, 41 water storages, 13 water kiosks and 170 public faucets and a pair of pumping stations had been constructed as a part of the aforementioned mission that he says effectively completed its targets. Rwibasira instructed the beneficiaries of the mission to maintain its infrastructures.
Author: New Times