Water & Sanitation and Sustainable development in Rwanda

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“All Rwandans will get access to electricity and water from 34.5% and 85% today, respectively. Access to sanitation will be also be scaled up to all from 84% (2016) to 100% and waste management systems will be developed in cities, towns and rural areas.”- The Right Honourable Prime Minister, Dr. Edouard Ngirente (2017)

Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC Ltd) objectives are based on the above statement, ensuring that we provide 100% access to clean water and sanitation to all Rwandans. Access to clean water and proper sanitation have a lasting impact on the sustainable development of Rwanda. Clean water and sanitation impacts the health of the citizens, resulting in a decrease in waterborne diseases. Access to clean water within proximity allows children and other groups to focus on their education and other occupations that will bring about economic growth.

There are several projects ongoing across the country that guarantee that we will achieve 100% access to clean water and sanitation for all Rwandan by the year 2024. Vis-à-vis access to clean water in Kigali and surrounding towns, the Bulk Surface Water project where construction of a water treatment plant with a 40,000 cubic meter water production capacity, will commence in July 2018. This project will also consist of forwarding infrastructure (transmission pipelines) which will ensure that every household in Kigali and Bugesera has constant water supply by 2020. The 40,000 cubic meters will be added to the 105,000 cubic meters that Nzove, Kimisagara and Karenge water treatment plants currently produced.

 Recently completed Nzove water treatment plant 

The replacement or extension of water network pipelines are within the projects WASAC is undertaking to warrant continuous water supply in both Urban and Rural areas in Rwanda. Given the scale of this project, it will take three years for completion.

Planned, ongoing and recently completed water treatment plants guarantee an increase in water production, an aspect in increasing access to clean water in Rwanda. There are various water treatment plants that will be constructed or rehabilitated in Ngoma, Bugesera, Rubavu Districts to name a few.  A case in point would be water treatment plants in Nyanza, Nyagatare, Kayonza and Rusizi Districts that have increase their water production capacity by thousands of cubic meters. 

 Water Treatment plant in Nyagatare District

Construction of a centralized sewerage system in Kigali that has recently received funding from European Investment Bank of EUR 45million. Construction and rehabilitation of proper latrines in Rural areas underway in various Districts. The above mentions sanitation-related projects will aid in achieving 100% access to sanitation for all Rwandans.