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Non-revenue water costing eastern African countries: experts 

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.

The government 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.

Non-revenue water accounts for 40 percent produced water in Malawi, which is high, according to Stevie Kazembe, who is in charge of the Malawi water board.

Experts said private-government partnerships and efficiency in billing system are major steps in reducing non-revenue water. 

             

 

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