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Over 190,000 South Sudan Refugees Hit By Water Shortage

The children are part of the many refugees at the Pagirinya Refugee settlementThe children are part of the many refugees at the Pagirinya Refugee settlement in Adjumani, near Uganda’s border with South SudanYumbe — At least 190,000 South Sudanese refugees in Bidibidi Camp, in Yumbe District are facing an acute water shortage, a situation that has worsened the dire living conditions in the settlement.

The refugees fled from various tribal clashes and security volatility especially in the Eastern Equatorial towns of Yei and Nimule.

Mr Taban Saverino, a refugee says the water being supplied by agencies like OXFAM is not enough because of the big number of refugees. “The congestion at the water points is too much and people spend hours at the points trying to get water. He said the problem could only be reduced by drilling more boreholes in the settlement.

The Water Supply and Sanitation Act to be revised

The water pump was installed by an NGO but is maintained by residentsThe water pump was installed by an NGO but is maintained by residentsThe National Water and Sanitation Council (NWASCO) has initiated the process of revising the Water Supply and Sanitation Act No.28 of 1997 in order to strengthen the implementation of the water supply and sanitation programmes in the country.

NWASCO Commercial and Financial Inspector Chola Mbilima disclosed to media in an interview that the council has already drafted the Act and sent it to Cabinet for approval.

Mrs. Mbilima said that following the submission of the Act to the Cabinet, the Water Supply Council is still awaiting the response.

Dry Taps for 20 Suburbs over Debts

dry tapsMunicipal Reporter MASSIVE water disconnections loom as Harare City Council has said it will disconnect defaulters in 20 suburbs who owe $331 million. Council, which recently got the nod to disconnect water supplies without a court order provided it follows provisions of Harare (Water) Bylaws S1 64-1913, has since engaged a debt collector.

The by-law requires council to give 24 hours’ notice to affected parties before cutting supplies. The High Court, however, said where the bill was genuinely disputed, there should be recourse at the courts before council disconnected the water supply.

Davis & Shirtliff partners with German solar manufacturer SMA to supply energy solutions in East Africa


SMA Managing Director Mr. Thorsten Ronge at the official agreement signing with MrSMA Managing Director, Mr. Thorsten Ronge at the official agreement signing with Mr. David Gatende, Davis & Shirtliff’s CEODavis & Shirtliff, East Africa’s leading supplier of water and energy products has announced their Exclusive Distributor partnership with German global solar market leader, SMA Solar Technology AG.

SMA is a manufacturer and supplier of solar inverters for photovoltaic systems with electricity grid connection, off-grid power supply and backup operations. Together with Davis & Shirtliff, the partnership will offer innovative key technologies for future power supply structures in the region.

500,000 people in the U.S.A. lack adequate water and sanitation

500000 people in the U.S.ANearly half a million households in the United States lack the basic dignity of hot and cold running water, a bathtub or shower, or a working flush toilet, according to the Census Bureau. The absence has implications for public health in the very population that is the most vulnerable.

Crumbling infrastructure has been a theme of this country’s reinvigorated public conversation about race — for instance, a botched fix for old pipes in Flint, Mich., that contaminated the city’s drinking water with lead. But in poor, rural places like Lowndes County, there has never been much infrastructure to begin with.




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