What to know about water and sanitation on the island of Mauritius
On a recent Friday, about 20 people stood in the sun on a sandbar in the tiny capital, Mauritius, drinking water from a hose that was still half full.
It was one of many water conservation initiatives being rolled out across the island, and the first such demonstration since the country became a member of the World Health Organization.
On a quiet, breezy evening, a few months after Mauritius became an EU member state, the island’s government announced a program to clean up its sewage.
As the city of Mabou, a former French colony, began to clean its sewage, a group of activists began an effort to spread awareness.
“We don’t want to make it sound like there are no clean water sources on Mauritius,” said Saffi Al-Mansour, a volunteer coordinator for the group Aquavita, which advocates for clean water.
The group’s aim is to help prevent people from turning to bottled water and to make sure water is being used effectively.
“It’s important for us to make Mauritius a clean island, for us not to feel like we have to go to other places to get water.”
At the start of the year, Mabouk, one of the poorest countries in the world, was one among several countries where residents complained of water shortages and the spread of mosquitoes.
The country is among the world’s most polluted, and officials said there were many instances of people drinking polluted water from pipes.
But in March, the government announced that it would launch a new program to distribute clean water to its citizens.
The new water program has been rolled out with the help of a group called Aquavitas, which says it has collected more than 100,000 signatures on its petition against the water distribution scheme.
It also wants the government to set up an emergency fund for the country to pay for clean-up costs.
In Maboula, where many residents are poor and live in cramped apartment buildings, a small number of people have begun to drink bottled water.
The program, called Mabouda, aims to address the country’s water shortages by providing free drinking water to all households.
But it also aims to make the water available to the entire population.
To make matters worse, Mabbouda has faced some criticism from some in the country.
“It’s not the right way,” said Mabboula resident Amal Chaudhry.
He said he was frustrated that the city didn’t have a proper sewer system, and that residents often resorted to drinking water that was contaminated by fecal matter.
For many residents, Mabaouda’s plan to offer free water to everyone seemed a step too far.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea,” said Chaudhanry.
“This is a great opportunity, but it’s too late now.”
As the water was being distributed, a man wearing a green scarf stood in front of a plastic bin with a large glass bottle.
He looked at the young woman standing beside him and shook his head.
“No, no, no,” the man said, before he turned to the woman.
“That’s what I want.
I want to get this water.”