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KIGALI WATER HARVESTING AND SMART WASTE COLLECTION

KIGALI INNOVATES SMART WASTE AND WATER HARVESTING

RAIN WATER HARVESTING & SMART SOLID WASTE COLLECTION

Mpazi and Busanza are two newly upgraded informal settlements in Kigali, Rwanda.

The city is improving the living standards of 1.405 households by providing circular, nature-based and tech-enabled solutions for waste collection and access to affordable water.

Following the resettlement of residents, these were experiencing increasing challenges to pay for commercially provided water. Solid waste management was also poor in the area.

Construction is taking place to adapt the homes to harvest rainwater as an alternative source of water. The houses now have smart solid waste collection stations to improve hygiene conditions and make the service more efficient.

IMPROVING LIVELIHOODS

The project provides residents of the the two recently transformed neighborhoods with an alternative affordable water source by harvesting rainwater and connecting it for home use. It also improves  the neighborhood´s sanitation by establishing smart waste collection stations for green and resilient treatment.

HOW DOES IT WORK?​
HOW DOES IT WORK?​
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INNOVATION IN ACTION

First, the city conducts project feasibility studies to transform the existing buildings.

Construction starts to harvest the rain water in an underground reservoir that distributes it to the homes.

Smart waste stations (7) are installed in the vicinity. The containers have sensors able to inform about their capacity and facilitate timely collection.

The city also builds capacities in the community to maintain and operate the new facilities. Additionally, a community maintenance committee is established to connect with Kigali municipality about the future use of services. 

01

Reduces cost of water and ensures adequacy of water usage

Monthly water bills are reduced by a half of what was previously paid. Residents make a more rational use of water

02

Reduce floodING

The harvesting system is ready to collect rainwater during storms, storing it and preventing floods

03

Improves hygiene and sanitation

The smart waste containers improves the disposal mechanism, reduces littering and the presence of insects

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HELPS WITH Timely waste collection

Sensors alert on real-time bins fill levels alerts collectors without delay