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Rwanda to build first wastewater treatment plant

Written by: Daniel Tuyizere
Wednesday, February 21st, 2018, 8:10
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As the wastewater exposed in public has an impact on environment as well as on the lives of people, Kigali residents will soon benefit from the first ever public sewerage network and wastewater treatment plant to be constructed at Gitikinyoni under the €45 million loan from the European Investment Bank.

 

The Minister of State in Charge of Energy, Water and Sanitation, Germaine Kamayirese said that the project will initially start with a small part of the City of Kigali and commence to develop other parts.

 

She observed that the first phase will cover Nyarugenge and Muhima, the second phase include Gisozi and Kacyiru while other parts of the city be covered in the third phase.

 

The plant is seen to significantly improve public health through a reduction of waterborne diseases and reduce pollution in the Nyabarongo and Akagera rivers and Lake Victoria.

 

The minister added that this plant will be the first big project run in the country connecting both commercial and residential houses where the wastewater from different activities will be treated before it can be reused in the environment.

 

Regarding the service fee, Aime Muzora, the Director General of WASAC observed that due to costs related in waste water recycling, people will be obliged to pay before they can be helped in treating their wastewater.

 

During the event to sign the financing agreement, Claver Gatete, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning said that Kigali is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa and investment in water and sanitation is crucial to improve health and reduce pollution.

 

He added that the 25-year loan from the European Investment Bank will partly finance the project alongside the Government of Rwanda and African Development Bank. The first phase of this project will cost $96 million.

 

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