KIGALI, (Xinhua) --
Eastern African countries are losing a large
amount of money due to non-revenue water, which is lost before
it reaches the customer, experts said at a water conference held
here on Wednesday.
They indicated that
non-revenue water is a growing problem within water supply
system around the region.
Non-revenue water in
Rwanda accounts for 38 percent of produced water, due to
leakages of old water infrastructure and illegal fetching, said
Methode Rutagungira, director of urban sewerage and sanitation
at Rwanda’s Water and Sanitation Corporation.
requires about 50 billion Rwandan francs (about 57.7 million
U.S. dollars) annually to tackle non-revenue water challenge to
some level within the next five years, said Rutagungira.
Dickson Kinyua, who
is in charge of Kenya’s national water regulatory board, said
non-revenue water presents a big problem in Kenya, accounting
for 36 percent of produced water.
Kenya loses an
estimated 78.5 million dollars annually due to non-revenue
water, he said.
accounts for 40 percent produced water in Malawi, which is high,
according to Stevie Kazembe, who is in charge of the Malawi
private-government partnerships and efficiency in billing system
are major steps in reducing non-revenue water.