Residents of Kirebe cell, Rwimiyaga sector in Nyagatare District have decried an alarming shortage of clean water in their area.
In a mini survey carried out around different homes in the area, most of the families depend on stagnant water from valleys and swamps.
“The issue of lack of access to clean water has been rampant in Rwimiyaga. We have been crying foul over this issue to no response. We depend on water from swamps as you can see,” complained one of the residents as he pointed at a basin of unclean water in his home.
According to scores of residents, even the depended-on stagnant water from swamps becomes a menace when it comes to dry season.
“In dry season, the little water we get from swamps and rivers also become hard-earned bread since most of them dry up. This makes us walk long distances to get water,” said Jean Marie Muvunyi,a resident of Gatebe village in Kirebe cell.
Another resident complained: “We are even threatened by diseases picked from this contaminated stagnant water. It is evident that this water harbors a lot of bacteria and other dseases.”
Speaking in an interview, Monica Utetiwabo said that the government had constructed water taps in the area but were later destroyed due to lack of maintenance.
However, local authorities in Rwimiyaga sector say that they are well aware of the pressing issue of water shortage in the area, and efforts to curb the vice are in the pipeline.
Celestin Munyangabo, Rwimiyaga sector executive secretary said that in partnership with Energy Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA), they extracted water from 8kilometres to the area that will facilitate residents to access clean water.
Kirebe cell is inhabited by 3610 residents with Gatebe village taking the biggest percentage with over 2000 inhabitants.