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Drinking Water Disrupted in Port Sudan, West Kordofan

Port Sudan / El Odeya — Districts in Port Sudan have been coping with an increase in water and power outages. Drinking water scarcity in West Kordofan has resulted in a steep price for a barrel of water.

Most areas in the state capital of Red Sea in eastern Sudan lack drinking water services, and residents rely on donkey carts for drinking water supply, amid soaring prices for water.

Reports are that the colour and taste of the water from the taps has changed. “Many people fear that they m ight suffer from celiac disease.” Also power outages in Port Sudan continue for hours.

Swaziland secures US $63-million AfDB loan to finance smallholder irrigation project

Great Usuthu River near bendGreat Usuthu River near bendSwaziland has secured a US $63 million (ZAR 2.01 billion) loan to finance the second phase of the Lower Usuthu Smallholder Irrigation Project (LUSIP II) in the southeastern part of the country.

The LUSIP II, approved by the African Development Bank Board on May 5, 2016, is a follow-up project to the LUSIP-I which was completed in 2010. The project was a response to the Government’s recognition that the natural resources potential of the Lower Usuthu River Basin provided an excellent opportunity for effective integration of poor smallholder farmers into the commercial agriculture subsector.

Scientists keen to change human waste to produce fertilizer and charcoal

Field technicians during manual emptying of theField technicians during manual emptying of the faecal sludge from the pit latrineThe Ifakara Health Institute (I.H.I) in collaboration with Bremen Overseas Research Development Association (BORDA) in Tanzania, have come up with an innovative human waste treatment and management technology that finally makes human feces a risk-free resource for producing fuel and fertilizers.

The brains behind this human feces treatment project are Dr. Jacqueline Thomas and Mr. Emmanuel Mrimi from I.H.I and Ms. Jutta Camargo from BORDA. It is an innovation that has come at the right time, and badly needed by cities like Dar es Salaam and Nairobi. In a big way, this project promises a sanitation challenge solution Mathare valley and Dar es Salaam residents can benefit from.

NWSC Voted African Utility of the Year 2016

NWSCKampala — National Water and Sewerage Corporation has been voted the African water utility for the year 2016 during the African Utility Week held in Cape Town.

The Ugandan utility emerged overall winner for being the first public agency from Africa to provide technical assistance to sister utilities in Asia. This is the third year in a row that NWSC has been voted African Utility of the year. In declaring NWSC Uganda the winner of the 2016 edition, the judges said, “NWSC is one of Africa’s model Utilities providing new performance frontiers and most importantly supporting the performance improvement in other utilities across Africa and beyond.”

Other competitors for the award were, Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company from Kenya, Rand Water and UMGENI Water from South Africa and the Moshi Urban Water and Sewerage Authority Tanzania.

Families Sleep in Toilets

Families Sleep in ToiletsLack of accommodation has forced about 50 Chinhoyi families to convert toilets into homes.

The families are from Shackleton - a dormitory mining area which used be a hive of activity during the golden era when mining was thriving in the country.

Accommodation problems have been exacerbated by the influx of abandoned workers from neighbouring farms who lost their jobs in the mayhem that was wrought by the forcible occupation of farms during the chaotic land reform programme.




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