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August 16, 2016

Nigeria: Kakura Residents Laments Lack of Portable Drinking Water

Mohammad Ibrahim
August 16, 2016

Residents of Kakura community in Chikun Local government Area of Kaduna State northwest are lamenting lack of portable water within their village despite their closeness to the city.

The people drink from a pond covered with dirts particularly during dried season.

A visit by water Journalists Africa reporter to the village with about 1000 inhabitants discovered that the community lacks access to good and clean water to drink.

Woman fetching water to drink from a pond covered with dirt

Woman fetching water to drink from a pond covered with dirt

Lamenting on the issue, the Village head, Ishaya Gwamna said in rainy reason all well in the village get dried off.

” We do suffered a lot during dried season because all wells within the village get dried off. The only borehole provided to us by an NGO in year 2000 has stopped working.

“Now our women fetched water from well but as soon as the rain stop they move to the pond to fetch water,” he said.

Another Community Leader Sunday Kakura said they are not happy drinking from a pond shared by people and cows.

“We have no option but to drink from same pond because we just have to survive. But we need assistance from any individual to provide us with boreholes in the village. We are subsistence farmers and need government intervention in our village,” he said.

The village head Ishaya Gwamna also expressed sadness with regards to lack of portable water for his people.

“We vote during elections because politicians do come to seek for our votes. But they never fulfilled their promises to us.

“We are appealing to philanthropists, other agencies and even the state government to provide us with primary health care center where our women and children can access health care. We equally need drinking water in the community which is a big challenge to us,” he said.

April 23, 2014

Zambia: Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company Voted the Best in Developing World

NEWTON SIBANDA
April 23, 2014

LUSAKA Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) has been voted the best water utility company in the developing world at the just ended Global Water summit in France.

LWSC public relations and marketing manager Topsy Sikalinda said in a statement that the company was selected from four other utility companies from various African countries.

Most African countries struggle to provide access to water and sanitation to their people

Most African countries struggle to provide access to water and sanitation to their people

Mr Sikalinda said the Water Leaders Award is a global water awards event designed to reward excellence and innovation that recognizes utility companies making a difference at the front-line of the battle for safe water and good sanitation.

This year, the awards were presented by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the French capital, Paris.

“LWSC was voted amongst the best four utilities in the developing world that were eligible to receive the award for 2014.

The other three were ABSA of Argentina, Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board of India and National Water and Sewerage Corporation of Uganda,” Mr Sikalinda said.

Water scarcity is one of the world's leading problems affecting more than 1.1 billion people globally

Water scarcity is one of the world’s leading problems affecting more than 1.1 billion people globally

LWSC managing director George Ndongwe said the company has made progress in improving the lives of people through improved water supply and sanitation services.

“We are delighted to be recognized by Global Water Intelligence as the best water utility company.

We have made a lot of strides in improving the lives of people in Lusaka through projects that benefited over 500,000 people,” Mr Ndongwe said.

He said the company has completed the construction of a new treatment plant in Luangwa district and the rehabilitation of the Kaseba water treatment in Kafue.

Mr Ndongwe said other projects include the installation of new water connections in Lusaka`s Libala South, Kaunda Square and many other surrounding areas.

June 24, 2011

Uganda: Pictures to Tell the Dilemma; Adah and Shakira’s Story

Fredrick Mugira
June 24, 2011

Adah and Shakira are all girls aged below 15. They live in Kakatunda Parish in Bukinda Sub County of the mountainous district of Kabale in south western Uganda.

The two girls collect water for their families from a shallow well at least twice a day. They collect water of questionable quality from unprotected surface water source at a great distance from their homes.

Apart from deterring them from collecting sufficient quantities, it wastes their time so sometimes they have to skip school.

This problem is significantly worse during the dry season, when the water table drops, and rivers and shallow wells dry up.

Adah and Shakira's shallow well. It is situated in Ibasyo village, Kakatunda Parish in Bukinda Sub County, about a kilometer from their homes. The water's quality is questionable and the well is unprotected.

This unprotected shallow well often collapses and fills up with soil due to soil erosion which is common in the hilly Kabale district

The girls arrive at the well; they weigh in the mind with thoroughness and care. Do we collect the water or leave it. They also know its quality is questionable.

All the dirt from the hills usually flows into this well. Surprisingly some people in this village do not know that something is wrong. After all, their grandparents had been drinking from these wells and they survived.

Take it or leave it. The girls risk and collect the water. After all they have no option.

It is such unsafe water that kills. In his message to the world during the 2010 World Water Day, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lamented that unsafe water kills more people than war plus all other forms of violence combined.

Adah takes home, the water she collected. She is not bothered about the quality of the water she is carrying

Like Adah, many children in Uganda spend hours each day collecting water instead of going to school.

Shakirah carries home the water. She used this water to wash her family’s plates and saucepans

Instead of going to schools, millions of children in rural parts of Uganda spend almost half a day collecting water for their families. Others spend weeks at home suffering from unsafe water-related illness or attending to their parents suffering from unsafe water- related illnesses.

Extension of safe water to such homes would help these children study uninterruptedly, live healthy and became prosperous in future.

April 6, 2011

NAIROBI WATER TAPS RUN DRY

Story by Joyce Chimbi
Nairobi, Kenya

Photo by Fredrick Mugira
KENYA, The director of the Meteorological Department Dr Joseph Mukabana recently released an eagerly awaited weather report predicting the patterns of the expected long rains.

Although based on the report the rains are expected to properly fall in April, even then, not much rain has been forecasted. This comes after the short rains fell below the expected level and is bound to fuel the already existing water crisis particularly in Nairobi.

As a series of short and long rains continue to fuel water crisis in Nairobi and with taps running dry residents have shifted to borehole water for solutions but this too is proving rather inadequate.

Pupils at a School in Isingiro district of Uganda close to Uganda- Tanzanian boarder drinking water from a water tap

The biggest problems that Nairobi city continues to face are water supply, sanitation and transport. This became even clearer during the recently released results of the census which revealed that Kenyans are growing by one million people per year.

Further, the rural urban migration has continued to increase rapidly with Nairobi being home to an estimated 3 million Kenyans making it the largest city in East Africa.

“Although the name Nairobi is derived from a Maasai word enkare nyirobi which loosely translates into ‘a place with cool waters’ and for many years has been popularly referred to by Kenyans as ‘the Green City in the sun’ these phrases however are slowly becoming rather ironical,” explains Cecelia Tande, an environmentalist.

With the harsh climatic conditions as well as a growing population that has seen many storey buildings come up across the city to cater for the growing population, the city continues to face severe water problems.

As a matter of fact, there is an annual housing shortfall of over 120,000 units in Nairobi each year. This has continued to create a surge in the demand for water.

“City Council has come up with ways of ensuring that the water reaches many people by opening their pipes in the wee hours of the night when people are too sleepy to exploit the opportunity and will only fetch what they need to meet the basics needs,” explains Nancy Turi, a resident in Eastlands Nairobi.

According to a report by Stella Kabura who runs a web based information resource on various issues in Kenya, “it is getting harder to draw water from the city’s boreholes report water-selling companies, with water volumes down now by more than a quarter on their levels of six months ago.”

Plans to sink more boreholes by various interested parties in the water business which has proved quite lucrative seem futile because the already existing boreholes are recording significantly low volumes of water.

Further, Stella Kabura draws attention to the fact that not only has the country suffered a series of failed rainy seasons but the city council has also failed to effectively collect water revenues that can further be used to expand the available water infrastructure.

“The deterioration in piped water supplies triggered by the long-term financial crisis of the municipal water system – unable to collect bills on illegal water tapping, and unable to maintain its infrastructure without revenue,” Stella Kabura expounds.

With Nairobi city council unable to manage the water crisis, this has seen residents turn to city boreholes to meet their water supply needs consequently leading to a sharp drop in the water table around the city.

Further, Stella Kabura notes that, “Karengacha Borehole Company, which has been supplying city residents with water since 2002 from two boreholes in the Nairobi basin reports that where their electric pumps used to draw 11 cubic meters of water an hour, they now can only draw 8 cubic meters an hour, and must run the pumps for fewer hours to maintain supplies.”

Although the meteorological department predicts that rain will soon start in many parts of the country, they also note that it will be unevenly distributed with dry spells in between rainy days.
Further, even in the event that the rains do fall, the country still lacks sufficient capacity to harvest the rains.

“It is a common sight to see people moving around looking for water vendors even during rainy days. In fact, in highly populated places such as Eastlands in Nairobi, water becomes an even rarer commodity on rainy days,” explains Mitch Omondi, a resident of Eastlands.

According to the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, the country urgently needs to increase its storage capacity by a 30-fold in order to sufficiently meet current demand.

“The lack of rains means that electricity will cost more and ultimately water will also cost more because more than 60 percent of the country runs on hydroelectric power and the percentage is much higher in Nairobi,” Cecilia Tande expounds.

The rising costs are however not only expected to affect the energy sector but the cost of food will also go high consequently hurting an economy that is struggling to get back on its feet.

“With a growing trend and in failed rains, the government needs to foster partnerships with the private sector in order to effectively and efficiently harvest the little rain that is expected to fall soon,” Cecilia Tande concludes.

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