Three quarters of people in DRC lack access to safe drinking water

A report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is recommending an investment of $70 million to help tackle the drinking water crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

precious water

precious water

Presented as part of World Water Day, the report is part of a wider post-conflict assessment of the DRC – to be released later this year.  Brian Coll reports.

The Democractic Republic of the Congo is the most water-rich country in Africa. Rainfall is regular and abundant.

But despite this, almost three quarters of the population has no access to safe drinking water

Years of conflict and rapid urbanization have put aging water networks under major stress.

Despite some recent progress, the country is set to miss the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by half the number of people without access to clean water by 2015.

The report by the UN Environment Programme  (UNEP) says investment should focus on low-cost solutions…such as building more communal tap areas and improving rainwater collection.

Brian Coll, UN Radio.

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