By Annonciata Byukusenge
On behalf of Government of Rwanda, Madam Florence Grace Adongo, the Executive Director of Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat handed over with Dr Emmanuel Rukundo, the Director General of Rwanda Water Board in order to receive the installation of six hydrological monitoring stations (hydromet) will help to know the water quality and sediment monitoring in Rwanda.
This event happened this Thursday on 15 November, 2023 in Kigali at Rwanda Water Board office.
Madam Florence Grace Adongo, said that this project is implementing in different countries of Nile Basin.
“This is transboundary water resources management to the republic of Rwanda, we hope that those stations will help to know the quantity of water and to make special measures of monitoring those stations. In order to cope with floods causing by the impact of climate change.”
As part of this hydrological package, Rwanda has received water level and rainfall sensors, data loggers, accessories necessary for installation/ rehabilitation of the six selected stations, equipment for water discharge measurements (ADCP) dual data transmission technology (GPRS and Satellite) with the option to switch to either for compliance with the national policy and country limitations. Rwanda has also received a toolkit for water quality and sediment transport monitoring. Information products generated from data collected at the regional stations will be considered as final information for decision making and the country is putting in place a mechanism for sharing these. Upon completion of installation, the hydromet stations will be handed over to the country for operation and maintenance. Training of national staff for this purpose is ongoing. In addition the national data centre will also be equipped.
On behalf of Government of Rwanda, Dr Emmanuel Rukundo, the Director General of Rwanda Water Board, said that Rwanda will take care on those stations
“We will maintain these stations because they are going to help us determine the quantity of water and how we will be able to prevent floods either in Rwanda or in the Nile Basin and we hope that they will help us achieve on sustainable solutions.”
In Rwanda, the hydromet stations will be installed at six locations namely: Gihinga in Bugesera District, Akagera Outlet and Kagitumba in Nyagatare District, Ruliba in Nyarugenge District, and at Gakindo and Cyohoha Shell.