Residents of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, still lack running water

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In several districts of the commercial capital of Côte d’Ivoire, Abidjan, residents encounter recurring problems limiting their access to running water. Our Observer lives in the district of Abobo Té where, despite numerous complaints, running water problems have persisted since 2015. He told us about the difficulties encountered by his relatives in simply fetching water.

The inhabitants turn on the taps and nothing comes out. For several years, the Abobo Té Collective for Access to Drinking Water has alerted its water distribution company, Sodeci (Côte d’Ivoire Water Distribution Company), of this problem.

Qavani Guy Noël Koné spoke to us on behalf of the collective:

In 2014, in the district of Abobo Té, we had water. The following year, a road was built between Abobo and Angré, the neighboring town. Since then, there has been no running water in Abobo Té.

The only solution was to install a meter tap in front of the houses. Water is available there late at night. In every house, there are water reserves everywhere. Trucks from the National Drinking Water Office also pass once a week.

About 30 to 40 households are affected in our neighborhood. But the lack of running water concerns different areas of the municipalities of Abobo, Cocody or Yopougon. These municipalities are not linked together, the only common point I see is that they are neighborhoods where working class people live. It is discriminatory.

We have set up collectives to raise awareness, but nothing has changed. Some residents have given up. For them, it has become a routine, something mundane. They no longer have the will to solve the problem. Meanwhile, we continue to pay our bills at Sodeci when the water does not reach our taps, our showers, our toilets.

Contacted by our team, the Ivorian Ministry of Hydraulics indicated that it “is working hard to restore the continuity of service [of water distribution] as soon as possible. They say there are improvement plans to ensure a steady supply of drinking water to 155 neighborhoods in Abidjan over the next two years.


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