To improve water access for people living south of Bujumbura and reduce the risk of water-borne diseases, the ICRC and REGIDESO refurbished existing tap stands and built a water tower. The tower feeds new tap stands below and increases water pressure in the greater area south of the city.
The population southwest of Bujumbura now has easier access to drinking water, thanks to an ICRC water-supply project carried out in partnership with REGIDESO, Burundi’s water company.
People living on Buhonga hill, southwest of the capital, can now get water from six refurbished spring-fed tap stands and a new water tower. Women and children will no longer have to walk long distances to collect drinking water.
Water from 32 natural springs is drawn from the surrounding hills to feed the water tower below.
Any surplus from the 150-m3 tank will increase water pressure in the system for the greater area.
The November 2017 ground-breaking ceremony was attended by Burundi’s Minister of Energy and Mining. The project has improved the quality and availability of water in the area and reduced the risk of water-borne diseases.
Many local residents attended the celebration, which was made all the more special by tambourine-playing and traditional dances.