YAOUNDE, CAMEROON, AFRICA. NOVEMBER 2010 (NEWS.CAMEROON-TODAY.COM) - The government has proposed to lay water pipes in 53 more areas in Cameroon through Cameroon Water and Utilities Corporation, CAMWATER.
The government of Cameroon has inked a deal with Cameroon Water Utilities corporations, CAMWATER and other stakeholders. The deal will essentially aim at providing clean and potable drinking water through pipes to at least 53 rural villages that span all over the nation.
Mbankomo is one among the 53 areas that have been slotted to be laid with water pipes.
The locals in these areas will gain from new water pipes to be deployed by the Cameroon Water Utilities corporations, CAMWATER. There are numerous areas which are in a similar plight what with acute water shortage that amounts to little or no availability of clean and contamination free drinking water.
There are many more areas that face the same condition where people drink water from rivers that are contaminated with fecal matter and urine and look worse than a sewage pit. Most of these villages are also oblivious to matters pertaining to clean disposal of waste and would have never heard of toilets or waste pits.
The result of this is that people defecate in the open and just throw their waste around and when the monsoon starts the rains wash in all these wastes into the river from where the locals get their drinking water.
Mbankomo, a locality situated 22km from Yaounde had absolutely no access to potable water till the time a mammoth project that was financed by the European Union implemented some water pipe outlets in the region approximately year ago.
But today the 2300 locals in the region have moved over to far better concepts like rain water harvesting and get their drinking water which is clean and contamination free from wells and springs that have been built in the region. The difficulty that the locals face on a day to day basis to have clean drinking water will be turned into a myth once these projects take off totally.