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Congo (Brazzaville): Always an adventure

02/07/2012
The water supply in Brazzaville is so unreliable that most citizens stock up with jerry cans to see them through the long periods when taps run dry.

The water supply in Brazzaville is so unreliable that most citizens stock up with jerry cans to see them through the long periods when taps run dry.

Digging of ad hoc sewage works in residential neighbourhoods damaged water pipes, making the water system prone to pollution from raw sewage.

Digging of ad hoc sewage works in residential neighbourhoods damaged water pipes, making the water system prone to pollution from raw sewage.

»L’accès à l’eau potable, un paradoxe brazzavillois

Insufficient water of an adequate hygienic standard means people in the Congo, even those in the capital, run a constant risk of diarrhoea.

For the residents of many Brazzaville neighbourhoods, the water is simply unfit to drink, which makes the provision of water, a task usually undertaken by women, a time-consuming chore.

“It’s a frequent problem. Sometimes we go a full week without running water here and even when it is available it tends to be between midnight and 3am,” says Simplicite Itoua, from a district of Brazzaville known as Mikalou à Talangai in the sixth arrondissement.

Most families have had to acquire several jerry cans to build up reserves when good water does become available, she said.

Elsewhere in the city there is not a drop of running drinking water to be had day or night.

“It’s tough, there just isn’t any drinking water at all,” says Martin Nguila, who lives in the Nkombo district on the outskirts of the city.

However, a superabundance of water is potentially available as the city is not only on the banks of the vast Congo River but is also served by several minor ones. It also enjoys considerable rainfall and has extensive underground and surface reserves.

The problem is water management – delivery and quality rather than quantity.
»CONGO: Where water is bad for your health

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3 Comments
  1. Thanks a lot for the link to my blog,

    Best regards,

    Adrien

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    • Thank you for sharing.
      Info from African countries, especially from those plagued by war, crime and poverty, are really valuable.

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      • It’s true that they’re rare. Before leaving, I barely found a few websites really explaining how the life here in Congo was, so I felt kinda “forced” to make one🙂 glad to know you’ve enjoyed my blog !

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