Residents of Rweru sector in Bugesera district have expressed worries over water shortage in their sector with costs soaring where a jerrycan of water from Gaharwa Lake goes for between Rwf 100 and 300.
They explain that they had water availed to them only when president Paul Kagame visited Rweru sector on July 4th 2016. As they explained trucks brought water from water reservoirs located in Batima sector but never got the facility again after the visit.
“We don’t access safe water. We received safe water availed by trucks when President Paul Kagame visited us recently but such facility became the first and last,” said Tuyishime Hassan, Rweru resident who talked to IGIHE as he went to buy water in Batima center.
“We have been consuming marshland and Gaharwa Lake waters as we have no other choice. We once received water when president Kagame visited us and got no more when he left,” added another resident Nyirasafari Domina.
The matter of water shortage is shared by residents settled in Batima village relocated from Mazane and Sharita Island.
The executive secretary of Rweru sector, Rwabuhihi Jean Christophe said that the matter is common in the district.
“We have a problem of water shortage not only in Rweru sector but also extended to the whole district. We have a particular time to receive water since it is shared with other regions,” he said.
The director of WASAC, Bugesera branch, Tuyisenge Vedaste says that water availed during the visit of president Kagame was not availed by a truck but distributed by water pipes.
“We availed water through our water pipes. After building water reservoirs we distributed water to assess whether it can reach all localities. Residents had water availed even two days before the visit of President Paul Kagame,”he said.
He explained that they have a water treatment plant processing 3,600 cube meters of water per day yet Bugesera district needs 12,000 cube meters daily.
“ It is not easy to share such inadequate water .At the time they had water it was their round .Thereafter we shifted to avail water to other residents. Under the new plan, Rweru residents are supposed to receive water once per two weeks. Indeed it takes two days to get water availed from processing plant to Rweru residents,” he said.
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