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Juba: Reduced piped water supply blamed on fighting

Author : | Published: Friday, October 28, 2016

Majority of the residents of Juba depend on unpurified water sold by dealers | File photo

An official at the South Sudan Urban Water Corporation says the recent violence in Juba has reduced their ability to provide clean water to parts of Juba.

The Director-General for Planning and Projects says their main partner; the Japanese International Corporation Agency has suspended operations.

Lawrence Muludiang says this means the government has to generate money from other donors to cover maintenance costs and expansion of the project.

Before the fighting in Juba, Muludiang says 20% of Juba residents were getting water supplied by the cooperation. He says this has now reduced.

Eye Radio cannot immediately verify whether 20% of the residents had access to running water prior to the conflict.

“By July next year, we would have covered more than 60% of the population of Juba,” Muludiang told Eye Radio on Friday.

“But we’re hoping that they will come back because we have finished 50% of that work”

The South Sudan Urban Water Corporation has other projects in Wau, Malakal, Renk, Bor, and Maridi.

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