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No More Worries as WASAC Promises to Rehabilitate the Bugesera Water Plant

Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC) has availed temporary solutions for Bugesera district residents after their water plant was damaged last week.

Marine technicians, reserve forces, residents in effort to rehabilitate the water plant. (Photo courtesy)

Marine technicians, reserve forces, residents in effort to rehabilitate the water plant.
According to Rutagungira Methode, the director of urban water and sanitation services at WASAC, told press that a team of marine experts has been dispatched to repair the tubes spoiled by marine vegetation. “Some people started getting water again on Saturday under our temporary approaches.

However, a marine team with oxygen supplying stuff is trying to repair the tubes under water but we do not envisage when it will be sorted out as it requires expertise,” he said.

Ngenda water plant at Lake Cyohoha in Nyarugenge sector was damaged on April 10. People resorted to drawing dirty water from drainage, lakes and marshlands. The shortage was triggered by rehabilitation activities on Rwabusoro Bridge at Akanyaru River.

Diverted water then increased speed and flowed to the swamp, washing away papyrus which also destroyed the water plant.

Bugesera has two plants and the damaged one at Ngenda supplies 3,600 cubic meters while the other supplies 3,400 cubic meters.

The district often faces prolonged water shortage due to the area’s physical features. WASAC recently announced that 38% of rural water supply systems need rehabilitation for sustainable operations while plants also need revamping in order to meet the target of having 100% Rwandans accessing clean water by 2018.

In Eastern Province, non-functionality of supply systems stands at 29%.

By Robert Muriisa.

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