Water in Africa
- Africa, Cameroon
by Serena Williams, Kribi, Cameroon
To my knowledge, water is not recycled in my area on an organizational level. Neither is water conserved on any large-scale level. In fact, the reservoir where water is stored for distribution throughout the city via submerged pipes is not even adequately supplied, according to a supervisor at SNEC—the local water agency. It currently holds 500 cubic meters, not enough for what is estimated to be Kribi's current need (although the supervisor said it might suffice for the time being).
On the other hand, water is both conserved and recycled within households. I have noticed that water is used much more frugally in Kribi than it is in Michigan, where I am from. For example, a bucket of water can be used to wash clothes, and thereafter used to scrub the floors. Another way in which water is conserved is in response to frequent water stoppages in Kribi. Water often ceases to flow in the town as the result of difficulties with the piping and distribution system, or sometimes due to a power outage that disables the main engine controlling the water filtering and distribution processes. In preparation for these events, some households, including my own, reserve large basins or buckets of water for cooking, washing, and cleaning purposes for when there is none available through the faucets. During the rainy season (August through October), the frequent long hard rains can bring an abundant supply of water into an uncovered well.
by Kathleen Reaugh, Batouri, East Province, Cameroon
There is no conservation here. Most water sources here on the edge of the savannah in the Congo Basin flow year-round.
by Madhuri Kasat, Garey, Extreme North Province, Cameroon
While there is no communitywide water conservation initiative, there is an instinct to conserve water here. A couple liters of water goes a long way when cleaning post-dinner pots and bowls. Who wants to walk to the well or forage again to get more water if it's not necessary? "Conservation" means not to waste, and the people here have a value for water that arises from its very scarcity.
by Lea Loizos, Bati, West Providence, Cameroon
There is no conservation of water.
by Brooke Levandowski, Buea, Southwest Providence, Cameroon
There is no conservation of water in my community in any organized sense of the word. Individual families who carry water to their homes try to use less water to cut down on the work of carrying water. The German and Mosel Springs are regarded as an endless supply, however, so there are no efforts to conserve or recycle this water.