WASAc&JICA have started new project named “Project for strengthening operation and maintenance of rural water supply systems in Rwanda”, in order to improve the situation of operation and maintenance of rural water supply facilities and to realize the sustainable access.
Its first steering committee and the launching ceremony will be held on Thursday 23rd April 2015 at Galaxy Hotel from 9am.
The Project is expected to establish sustainable framework for operation and maintenance of rural water supply systems through conducting pilot tests in Eastern Province, supporting capacity development of WASAC Rural Water Services and districts, and developing national guidelines.
Reportedly, access to safe water coverage has attained 74.5% in 2014; however 40% of the constructed water facilities are not functioning due to the lack of proper operation and maintenance as well as technics regarding rural water supply for efficient and effective management of facilities on the ground.
The Project enhances the mechanism for rural water supply with three aspects such as Political/Institutional/Organizational, Financial, and Technical aspects in order to ensure sustainability. And the project focuses on building capacity of WASAC staff members, District officers and Water Service Providers. The cost for all the activities is expected to be around 4.2 million USD.
The launching ceremony will be attended by CEO of WASAC Mr. James Sano, Director of Water Resources Group, Global Environment Department of JICA HQs, Mr. Akihiro Miyazaki, JICA Chief Representative Mr. Takahiro Moriya and stakeholders in this project.