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Rwanda: ICRC restores water supply for Nyanza

11-06-1997 News Release 97/22

Water is flowing from the taps once again for the residents of the southern Rwandan town of Nyanza. Less than 24 hours after receiving a request from the local authorities, the ICRC had a new pump delivered from its Kigali warehouse. Nyanza's 29,000 residents were suffering from a severe water shortage after two of the three pumps feeding the municipal reservoir had broken down.

The new pump, with a capacity of  35 cu.m/hour, has restored the water supply for the town's population and for its schools, hospital, health facilities and detention centres. The construction of the cement base, the plumbing and electrical connections were handled by the national utility company, Electrogaz. " Over the past few years we have done our best to provide emergency assistance to those in need " , said Nicolas Stein, head of the ICRC's water and sanitation unit in Rwanda.