Persistent Water Shortage in Kigali City: Who are the Most Affected?Felix Rubogora*
School of Postgraduate Studies and Research, Masters of Business Administration in Banking and Finance Kampala International University, Rwanda
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- Rubogora F
School of Postgraduate Studies and Research
Masters of Business Administration in Banking and Finance
Kampala International University, Rwanda
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Received Date: February 24, 2017; Accepted Date: March 28, 2017; Published Date: April 04, 2017
Citation: Felix Rubogora (2017) Persistent Water Shortage in Kigali City: Who are the Most Affected?. Arts Social Sci J 8: 261. doi: 10.4172/2151-6200.1000261
Copyright: © 2017 Rubogora F. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda has been demographically growing and is expected to double from 1.13 million of population in 2012 to two million by 2020. Both population growth and city surface expansion have created a burden that the existing basic infrastructures can’t sustain. The question is how such a huge burden is shared between those who are better-off economically and the poorer ones. In this paper, the issue was examined in the sense to investigate whether the shortage makes water expensive to the extent that poorer families get hard to afford it? Findings have shown that the poorer families are the most affected since they have limited financial means to afford a high cost to cover such a basic daily need. Most of them live in old suburbs whereby water pipes’ network does not ease water flow-in because they are old or damaged. They are also far from putting in place support equipments such as tanks to store water when it comes in the taps. Beyond all those cases, water becomes a very expensive product which they can’t afford given the minimum wages of a Rwandan laborer in Kigali.