Management of water for household, industry and commercial use is one of the main challenges that urban centres face. Many cities around the world increasingly face water stress because of changing climate conditions. One such city is Cape Town, South Africa. Increasingly, policy makers will have to adopt innovative approaches to maximising the use of dwindling resources like water. This will call for increased use of knowledge from scientific research. In the case of Cape Town, one attempt at keeping the taps wet is to tap storm water.
In a milieu where stakeholders are acutely conscious of the need for environmental protection- and where compliance to standards is indispensable, management of industrial effluent is every factory manager’s nightmare. Bad effluent management practices can be costly to a company. Pollution and destruction of the environment from a firm’s activities, can lead to reputational damage thereby compromising good corporate citizenship that every company seeks to achieve.
The African Water Facility (AWF) has committed about Euro 2 million to support the Government of Rwanda to develop 25 year water and sanitation strategic plans, and build capacity for increasing access to water, sanitation and hygiene for all its population.
The plans will guide the identification of effective water supply and sanitation projects in the East African country of 12 million people. The grant proceeds will also go towards building various water stakeholders’ capacities to plan, design, finance, implement and manage water and sanitation projects and infrastructure.