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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Safeguarding Kinshasa’s water supply is a top priority for the ICRC

10-08-2004 News Release 04/93

The ICRC has renovated eight power pumps in Kinshasa: four at the N’Djili spring catchment and four at the Kingabwa water works. The pumps were restarted on 28 July in the presence of the DRC’s energy minister.

The ICRC has also taken steps to prevent catchment equipment from silting up, thereby protecting the pumps and avoiding water shortages even if the river Congo rises to exceptional levels, as in 1999 when floods seriously damaged the pumps.

Safeguarding Kinshasa’s water supply is a top priority for the ICRC. The N’Djili spring catchment supplies three-quarters of the population. Four million people will now have a reliable water supply, many of them residents of the poorest parts of Kinshasa.

Dealing with emergencies is very much part of the ICRC’s mandate. This particular project cost over $2 million and required the joint efforts of three ICRC water engineers. Now, the ICRC hopes that donors and development agencies will support its efforts to provide the people of the DRC with water.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Patrick Mégevand, ICRC Kinshasa, tel: ++243 81 700 60 60  

 Marco Jiménez Rodríguez, ICRC Geneva, tel: ++41 22 730 22 71