A community of about 2,500 people in Bugesera district are all smiles after receiving five mega plastic water tanks.
This part of the country is among areas with scarcity of water and residents at times resort to fetching water from unimproved water sources.
Each of the tanks has a holding capacity of 10,000liters enough to serve 500 persons per day in accordance to the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards of 20 liters per capita per person for domestic use.
These tanks valued at a cost of Rwf7million have been offered to the community by Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB).
“The community can now also organize itself to collectively buy clean water cheaply and fill the tanks during dry seasons allowing them easy access to clean water,” said George Odhiambo, Acting Managing Director of KCB Rwanda.
Beneficiaries said the tanks will reduce risks of water borne diseases and reduce the costs of purchasing water in the area after making long distances.
The Government has a seven year development program aimed at increasing clean water accessibility to 100% for all Rwandans by 2024, from 85% in 2017 by increasing water sources from 182.120 m3 to 303.120 m3.
Priscilla Uwiragiye Vice Mayor social affairs of Bugesera district said the district is making progress through development projects including airport construction.
The tanks were installed at five different locations including; Rwangara Anglican church at Kanzenze, Ntarama sector, Katarara Catholic church at Rwinume, Juru sector.
Another tank was placed at Kabukuba Adventist church in Juru sector, Kagasa ADEPR church at Ramiro cell, Gashora sector and Cyoma Anglican church located at Nyabagendwa cell in Rilima sector.