Political stability has heavily influenced progress in improving access to water supply and sanitation services with low-income stable countries outperforming low-income fragile and resource-rich countries. ”This breaks with the common perception that access to sanitation and water increases with GDP”, says Senior Financial Specialist Dominick de Waal, lead author of a new report  by the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP).
The report, commissioned by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), maps progress in water supply and sanitation of 32 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. WSP carried out the country studies together with the African Development Bank in close partnership with UNICEF, WHO, and the 32 governments.
A World Bank study revealed that only 22% of the population of the Democratic Republic of Congo has access to potable water, although the picture is brighter in the capital, Kinshasa, where 41.5% of residents have water service. Serge Ikamba, former counselor in charge of infrastructure for the Ministry of Public Health, blamed the shortage upon antiquated water networks, most dating back to colonial days 50 or 60 years ago. Failing a reliable water supply from the state-run REGIDESO utility, most people fall back upon private vendors. In Kinshasa, these consist of thousands of small boys who sell half-liter plastic bags in the streets for 50 francs apiece. [Global Water News WatchSummary by Louise Shaler, 12 Oct 2009]
Source: Emmanuel Chaco, IPS [in French], 12 Oct 2009
UNICEF Representative to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Pierrette Vu Thi together with British Secretary for International Cooperation, Alexander Douglas signed a cooperation agreement for an estimated US$37 million dollars [in Kinshasa on 06 January 2009].The programme supports the national strategy of promoting improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene in rural and peri-urban communities throughout the country through the Healthy Village and Healthy School initiative. [...] The Ministy for Primary, Secondary and Professional Education and the Ministry of Public Health [...] are the primary implementing partners of WASH activities for UNICEF-DRC.
The US$ 37 million grant will be disbursed through UNICEF over a period of four years [and] ill benefit an estimated 9 million Congolese in 12,500 communities and over 750,000 primary school children.
Filth, dust and stench have reached extraordinary levels during the last two decades in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Solid waste management, storm drainage and infrastructure designed for 400,000 people in the 1960s when Kinshasa was establised, now must serve 8 million in 2008.
The post-electoral emergency programme, planned for 2 years and launched by Belgian Development Cooperation shortly after the 2006 elections, focused a large part of its attention on sanitation in the city of Kinshasa. The activities were based on a preliminary identification by the Infrastructure Cell of the Ministry of Public Works (MITPR).
This documentary (26 min, in French with Dutch subtitles), directed by Djo Tunda Wa Munga, presents the problems and challenges at stake.
Research in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has shown that lakeside communities are often the source of cholera outbreaks.
DRC health department officials plan to alter how they combat cholera following the research, which said that current efforts “failed to achieve long-term control”.
Most previous DRC cholera control efforts have targeted city residents, the researchers say. They recommend refocusing prevention and control efforts on lakeside communities. These are smaller populations, making such programmes more affordable.
And cities might be best protected by first targeting limited resources – including safe water – within these smaller communities that are likely to form the initial outbreak.
“We want to make sure that, by 2012, access to safe water is assured by providing potable water to communities through pipes, rather than using water from lakes,” says lead author, physician and epidemiologist Didier Bompangue from the DRC Health Ministry.
Link to full article in May edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases here
Read more: Aimable Twahirwa and Christina Scott, SciDev.Net, 9 May 2008
Nairobi, Kenya – The sparkling glaciers high up in the Rwenzori Mountains—and their crystal-clean mountain streams—may be no more, according to WWF, the global conservation organization. Climate change has taken its toll on some of Africa’s highest peaks; the mountains’ glaciers are on their knees. WWF estimates that the glaciers will completely disappear in the next 30 years.
The Rwenzori Mountains are shared by Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and are the third highest mountains on the continent.
“The rivers and wetlands that I saw in this amazing ecosystem were just phenomenal. But the simple fact remains–they are threatened,” says Dr. Musonda Mumba, WWF’s Freshwater Programme Coordinator for eastern Africa. “Their ability to provide water for both nature and man is really jeopardised by the changes that are taking place. Speaking to local people it is already clear that the rainfall pattern has changed and this is having an effect on water resources,” adds Dr. Mumba.
One of the Rwenzori Mountains’ most important ecological and economic functions is the impact the range has on the area’s hydrological (water) cycle. The mountains supply water for nearly 2 million people. The surrounding agricultural land is fed partly by run-off from the mountains. Ruwenzori’s forest clad slopes help regulate the run-off as it flows down slope. While the mountains’ water catchment properties also benefit valuable fisheries on Lakes George, Edward and Albert, whilst also supplying hydro power and the water for irrigation schemes. The mountains are the highest and most permanent source of water for the Nile River.
[HRW]An outbreak of deadly typhoid fever, often caused by contaminated water, has reportedly struck the suburb of Mabvuku, outside of Zimbabwe's capital, Harare. I was distressed to hear this, though not surprised. Zimbabwe's water and sanitation infrastructure has been plagued by inattention, corruption, and mismanagement for years. Another outbre […]
[Shabait]Hagaz -The Administration of Hagaz indicated that endeavors have been made to meet the growing demand for potable water in the semi-urban center through renovation of water wells filled with alluvial deposits.
[Unicef]Bangui -Just ahead of the onset of the rainy season, which increases the risk of water-borne diseases like cholera, UNICEF and its partners have restored safe and chlorinated drinking water for more than 183,000 displaced people across the Central African Republic (CAR).
[New Era]Just in time for the winter crops, vegetable producers were last Friday introduced to the low pressure drip irrigation kits available at Agra branches countrywide during Agra ProVision's interactive breakfast session in Windhoek.
[Radio Dabanga]El Fasher -The Wadi Elkou project for water management in North Darfur was further inaugurated in El Fasher, capital of North Darfur on Wednesday morning. The event was attended by the government of North Darfur, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the European Union.
Residents in low-lying areas in Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam, are potentially at risk of contracting waterborne diseases as heavy rains, which started last week, continue to pound the city. Early this month, the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) announced that Dar es Salaam was among the areas in northern and southern Tanzania that would […]The […]
The South African government’s earnest rush to provide water to millions of people post-apartheid may have jeopardised its attempts to provide services to the country in the long run. South Africa is the 30th driest country in the world, yet it is one of the fastest-growing water consumers. According to the National Treasury’s 2012 Budget […]The post Pluggin […]
Watchdog groups here are warning that a deal has been struck that would see Chinese investors fund a massive, contentious dam on the Congo River, the first phase of a project that could eventually be the largest hydroelectric project in the world. Discussions around the Inga III dam proposal, in the Democratic Republic of Congo […]The post DRC Mega-Dam to Be […]
There are many rivers in the Limpopo basin which is shared by Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa but some of the communities within it are dealing with serious water scarcity. The post The Limpopo River basin; Many rivers but not enough water appeared first on Inter Press Service.
Ish Mafundikwa reports that only a fraction of the water available for irrigation in the Limpopo River basin in Zimbabwe is being used.The post Limpopo River basin irrigation water under-utilized in Zimbabwe appeared first on Inter Press Service.
To the casual passer-by, Petrus Kabaliso and his wife Cynthia present a disarmingly rustic sight, seated as they are under the shade of a date palm at a truck stop in the scorching Karoo desert, in South Africa’s Northern Cape province, a battered umbrella held jauntily over their heads. “We find it very hard to […]The post For Better or For Worse – Fracking […]
Botswana is a very dry country but there are places where there is enough water for irrigation. There are also places in the Limpopo basin where even water to drink is difficult to get.The post Different Water Fortunes for Batswana in Limpopo Basin appeared first on Inter Press Service.
Bloemfontein – Residents of Matlakeng in Zastron, Free State, marched to the Mohokare municipality’s offices on Wednesday to demand water, the Democratic Alliance said. “The… municipality was supposed to ensure that this right was upheld, but this was not the case here,” DA Free State leader Patricia Kopane said. Kopane handed over a memorandum to […] […]
Cape Town – The South African government has suggested they will be going ahead with fracking and for the short term they will delay implementing a carbon tax. According to IOL implementing fracking without a carbon tax implies that government is determined to retain any revenue at the expense of the environment, water safety and […]
Cape Town – Water affairs is set to focus its main effort over the next three years on providing bulk infrastructure for water and sewage, according to the budget tabled by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday. The 2014 Estimates of National Expenditure pegs total department spending at R12.5bn next year, R16.1bn in 2015/16, and […]
Bangui — Just ahead of the onset of the rainy season, which increases the risk of water-borne diseases like cholera, UNICEF and its partners have restored safe and chlorinated drinking water for more than 183,000 displaced people across the Central African Republic (CAR). “Access to safe drinking water remains out of reach to many people […]
South Africa will observe National Water Week from 17 – 23 March, with a theme that celebrates the country’s achievements over the last two decades of democracy. Celebrations for the week will be held under the banner, ‘Water is Life – 20 Years of Water Delivery for Social and Economic Development’ and a number of […]
Monrovia — Residents of Lynch Street in Monrovia woke up one morning to witness the cleaning of the clogged drainage known as the Soniwein drainage. Men dressed in black rain boots, gloves and gauges over their nose, were down in the drainage using shovels to remove the dirt. The Soniwein drainage that runs from Clay […]
A smartphone-sized device is being used to monitor water pumps across Rwanda, making it easier to locate broken pumps and quicker to fix them. Developed by Portland State University in the United States, one battery-powered device is installed on each pump. Its SIM card sends information on water flow and the general state of the […]
ABOUT 50 percent of children in Magarini subcounty have dropped out of school due to water shortage. District Education Officer Stephen Abere said most residents are facing water shortages and this has forced many children to give the search for water priority. “People here walk for miles in search of water. At the moment many […]
Taremwa Charlotte February 19th 2014 Living Water International, Uganda a faith-based non-profit organization that helps communities in developing countries to acquire safe drinking water has constructed up to 263 boreholes in North Eastern Region Uganda. The move has helped thousands of households in the region to access safe water. About a quarter of Ugand […]
WaterSan Perspective and WSSCC – Water Supply & Sanitation, Collaborative Council February 19, 1014 Less than a year from the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), journalists in Africa are casting a critical eye on the progress in water, sanitation and hygiene improvements being achieved by African governments, and the on-going challenge […]