With the Lake Victoria WATSAN project, supported by AFD, the European Investment Bank and the European Union, a network of innovative sanitary blocks has been built all over the city. The facilities are easily recognisable with their blue and white colours. Combined with a simple and innovative solution to connect them to the sewer network, Mwanza’s sanitary blocks are changing the lives of the people who live there.
The inhabitants of the Kilima Hewa informal settlement also appreciate no longer having their streets soiled by wastewater and sewage during the raining season, which was a vector of some terrible cholera epidemics.
Today, each of the houses built on the rock against the hillside has its own simple but effective connections to the sewer and drinking water networks: flexible pipes suited to the rugged terrain have recently been installed. Blue for clean water, yellow for the drains.
The system has revolutionised life for Francis (photo opposite), a former farmer: "Now, instead of going to fetch water, I can sit in the sun and listen to the radio."