For some time now, residents of several districts of the Congolese capital have not seen water flowing from their taps.
The populations of Brazzaville are facing a shortage of drinking water. To believe the management of La Congolese waters (LCDE), this situation would be due to the recurrence of power cuts provided by the company Electric power of Congo (E2C). “The disturbances are being observed across the country. This situation has a reason beyond our control. We are dependent on E2C services which allow us to produce and distribute water. Unfortunately, these days, this company is going through difficult times ”explained LCDE Managing Director Perfect Chrisosthome Makita. “When Djiri is stopped for a single day, the whole network is empty. In order for it to fill again, the complex must be in continuous operation for seven days. Unfortunately, this is not possible because there are always cuts. The network can no longer be supplied continuously. So if you start the machine in the morning, you have to wait until the evening for the water to reach the consumer. Hence the shortages ”, he continued. Perfect Chrisosthome Makita explains that, the technicians of the two companies exchange regularly thanks to a joint commission set up in order to find the adequate solutions. “I can’t tell you when the problem will be fixed. E2C is in a better position to provide details. Technical meetings are held at a high level with the power company to find solutions. The authorities reassure us that solutions are being considered ”, indicated the general manager of LCDE. The services of E2C and LCDE are working with the support of foreign experts to find the possibilities of installing solar panels on the main water production and distribution units. At least that is what the general manager of LCDE meant. The city of Brazzaville has two water production centers, in particular Djiri which supplies 80% thanks to two factories and Djoué which comes in addition. Concerning the service of the peripheral districts, the general director of LCDE indicated that a project is being carried out for the benefit of the inhabitants of these zones. LCDE services are working to extend the network over 500 or even 600 km to serve all the outskirts of the capital. The new connections are installed in the areas of Bikaroua in the 9th arrondissement and Sadelmi in the 7th arrondissement. The process will continue, according to Parfait Chrisosthome Makita, in order to reach 10,000 connections this year. The objective is to make 40,000 new connections in Brazzaville.
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