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Douala residents face water shortages after Yato power outage

Douala residents face water shortages after Yato power outage

Paru le vendredi, 26 janvier 2024 10:53

Twenty neighborhoods in the economic capital Douala are bracing for water disruptions after a power outage earlier on Thursday impacted the Yato water treatment plant, Cameroon Water Utilities Corporation (Camwater) announced yesterday.

The company said "pressure drops and even interruptions in the supply of drinking water" are expected due to the power cut at the facility, which produces 150,000 cubic meters of water daily - still short of the city's estimated 250,000 cubic meters daily need.

Camwater assured residents it would deploy tanker trucks to the most affected areas to mitigate the disruptions.

The water disruptions come on the heels of Eneo, the electric utility, announcing reduced power production at the Memve'ele hydroelectric dam following a decline in the flow of the Ntem River. In short, it was announcing renewed "load shedding" - planned power outages.

Located west of the city on the Moungo River, the Yato facility has been churning out 150,000 cubic meters of water daily since 2014. However, this pales compared to the city's estimated 250,000 cubic meters daily need.

To quench Douala's thirst, the government is betting on a mega-project: pumping water from the Wouri River. This ambitious undertaking aims to deliver 400,000 metric cubes of water daily, a significant step towards meeting the city's growing demand.

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