Bujumbura neighborhood is hit by the shortage of water for home use as residents fear for disease outbreak due to lack of proper hygiene.
Residents in Bujumbura neighborhood raised concern of unbearable situation as they have resorted to buy a 20 liter jerry can of water at 500 francs or 800.
According to the residents of Mirango quarter a suburb in Bujumbura a family can spend about 12,000 bif per day to buy water for home use.
“We sometimes spend two weeks with no running water, every day I use between 7 and 12 jerry cans of water as we are a family of 12 people who have to wash their clothes, we have to cook, we have to clean the house and the utensils, “said one of the residents in Mirango quarter located in the northern part of Bujumbura.
“In the previous months my water bill was about 12,000bif, but very recently I got a bill of 400bif because we don’t have tap water, but the money we spend on buying water daily is immense,” said another citizen in Mirango in the northern part of Bujumbura.
The Burundi Water and Electricity Distribution Authority (REGIDESO) said that the main causes of the continuous disruption in the distribution of water is due to the old water pump machines and the non-ceasing population growth together with the city which has expanded has increased the demand.