RWAMAGANA/BUGESERA - The Minister of state for Energy Dr. Albert Butare on Thursday inaugurated a water project worth Rwf 18 billion in Karenge sector, located on the shores of Lake Mugesera.
The project financed by the European Union (EU) will serve about 40,000 residents in the districts of Rwamagana, Bugesera, Kicukiro and Gasabo.
According to engineers at the site, the plant will be producing 12,000 cubic litres of water a day.
Before, the plant had a daily output 3,700 cubic litres.
“This is a big project that covers over 900 square km from the Burundian border to Kigali. We shall be able to serve Karenge sector, parts of Bugesera, Kabuga and some areas of Kicukiro.
There are over 150 stand points, which can allow individuals to be connected at wish,” said Butare.
The Minister cautioned residents against activities that may endanger the plant.
“It is a great disservice to pollute the lakes and destroy the pipes. Some of you even construct over the pipes. You must stop,” he cautioned.
On behalf of the EU, outgoing Head of Delegation, David Mcrae, explained that they decided to support the water project because water is critical.
“You can do without food for some time, but you cannot do without water. I have seen people depending on polluted streams, and walk considerable distances carrying yellow jerry cans in many developing countries,” said Mcrae.
He added that with increased knowledge and availability of resources, there was a possibility of using water from lakes and rivers for irrigation.
“It is a privilege to have all these lakes around you,” he remarked.
Meanwhile, the increase of water supply has pushed some districts far ahead in achieving the Rwanda Millennium Development Goals (RMDG’s).
“We have so far covered 71% of the capacity we need. We are ahead in the set Millennium Development Goals, as far as water accessibility is concerned,” said Valens Ntezirembo, the Mayor of Rwamagana district.