On Thursday, February 13, 2020, at Karisimbi Hotel in the City if Kigali, the JICA and WASAC presented an interim report on the City Master Plan. The report elaborated in collaboration with WASAC marks the first phase of this project which goes from March 2019 to February 2020. This particular phase of the project consists of developing the Master Scenario until year 2050. It shows financial and organizational issues, water resources development plan, results of social economic survey, and the progress of strategic environment assessment.
Addressing the media during the event, Eng. Aimé Muzola, Chief Executive Officer of WASAC underlined solutions that will be brought by this exercise “At the end of this water master plan, we shall have a clear picture of water demand and actual water supply status in the city of Kigali. And we build on that picture to set up infrastructures according to the demand till 2050.”
“People are occupying lands of Kigali on high rate, we need to be prepared so that from today we set and install all our networks which will enable the supply of all facilities in the city.” He added.
Mr. Maruo Shin JICA representative in Rwanda told the press “This master plan will contribute to end water shortage in Kigali, as it was the result of poor planning. However, the master plan will identify natural sources, water quantity on demand and areas of high demand which will inspire and direct future investment in water sector.”
Water Supply Master Plan for City of Kigali under development will focus on Kigali as a capital and seven adjacent sectors (Gahengeri, Muyumbu, Ntarama, Nyakaliro, Runda, Shyorongi and, Rugarika).
The next last phase will be from March 2020 to April 2021, 15 months. It will mainly consist of preparation of Master Plan and Feasibility Study on selected priority Projects, and will elaborate possible financing sources.
According to WASAC and JICA all development partners, private companies, as well as government agencies are welcome to finance the implementation of this master plan. Rwanda has made significant efforts to increase water coverage over the past years and committed 100% coverage by 2024 (National Strategic for transformation, NST1). Although the 4 years period (2020 to 2024) seems to be enough for the achievement, the task and targets with challenges of climate changes and growing population present the future water demand to be met by the water supply sector in Rwanda. There is a need to increasing universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for the people aiming at achieving SDGs (2030).