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Water Bottled Water Producer Bbcl Says Aqua PureWater Still Safe

Water Bottled WaterFollowing a statement from the MalawiBureau of Standards (MBS) that AquaPure water produced by Bowler BeverageCompany Limited (BBCL) is not safe forhuman consumption, the company hascome forward to clarify the controversiessurrounding the matter.But BBCL has stated that water produced out of Blantyreis clean and safe.

“We would like to advise our esteemed customers that AquaPure bottled water produced out of the Blantyre factory issafe for consumption despite reports in the public mediathat the product is ‘unfit for human consumption’ and hassince been banned.”

Japan Gives Rwanda U.S.$9 Million for Water Supply

Rwanda-water-containers-in-dirt-roadRwanda-water-containers-in-dirt-roadKigali — Japan has given Rwanda a $8.4 million grant to supply water in rural areas. “Access to water is one of our key EDPRS2 targets that we must achieve by 100%. Bringing water closer to the people will allow them to engage in income generating activities while children attend school rather than having to travel long miles liking for water,” finance and development minister, Amb. Claver Gatete said recently.

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Bucket Toilets - a Never-Ending Story

Bucket-toiletsBucket-toiletsNine years after President Thabo Mbeki announced plans to eradicate the demeaning and unhygienic bucket system, it lingers on, even increasing in some areas. At a briefing in Parliament on Wednesday, the department of water and sanitation outlined more plans to eradicate it.

The department of water and sanitation has presented expanded figures sourced from provincial departments showing 88,127 households in formal areas are still using the unhygienic, degrading system of bucket toilets. In informal areas, a further 140,000 households rely on the system. That figure will rise, with numbers from fourprovinces - Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga - still to be added.

Anti-Open Defecation Drive Reduces Adultery Cases

Chieftainess Malembeka of the Lamba-speaking people of Mpongwe District says apart from improving hygiene, the campaign against open defecation has resulted in the reduction of adulterous cases in her chiefdom.

The traditional leader said in an interview that the Open Defecation Free (ODF) status attained by her chiefdom has helped also reduce adulterous activities.

She said in the past, some of her subjects wondered off in the bush for toilet issues, yet they met their partners for illicit sex.

African Water Association in Bamako

STC, EB, GA: AfWA authorities meet in Bamako
Group photo with the Malian Minister ofGroup photo with the Malian Minister of Energy and WaterThe professionals of water and sanitation in Africa met from February 23rd to 27th 2015, in Bamako, to hold the very first 2015 meetings of the African Water Association. They first held the Scientific and Technical Council (STC) meeting, which gathered more than 150 participants from 27 countries to think over the issue of Energy efficiency in the water and sanitation utilities in Africa.




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2