Rwanda to avail safe water to all households by 2020

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 24 March 2017 saa 12:21
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The State Minister for Energy and Water in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Kamayirese has Germaine said the new water policy will see call households access safe water and sanitation services by 2020 as outlined in the government’s program.

She unveiled this week during at the launch of government’s policies regarding water, hygiene and sanitation as part of celebrating World Water Day.

Kamayirese explained that every Rwandan should have water facility at his/her home.

“The new water policy was enacted to match with government’s broad targets to enable citizens’ access to water sustainably at their households. We have not yet availed water in all regions but those in locations with water facilities can at least have them at homes,” she said.

Kamayirese explained that they target to achieve the target by 2020 in collaboration with concerned government’s bodies.

The new policy also targets to build solid waste management points especially in cities and organize means of recycling waste into other items generating income for the country and citizens in general.

UNICEF representative in Rwanda,Ted Maly lauded Rwanda’s efforts in implementing water-sanitation and hygiene programs.

“ I am delighted for Rwanda’s recognition on the role of water, hygiene and sanitation. The policies launched today are a crucial testimony of the government’s willingness to take services to its people,” she said.

The water, hygiene and sanitation policies were approved by parliamentarians at the end of 2016.

85% of Rwandans are reported to have access to safe water while 83% access hygiene and sanitation activities.

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People fetch water from a public tap in Bitoma I village. The water supply system was built with the support of Japan International Cooperation Agency. Photo The New Times.