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The Ethiopian Town that Welcomes Water Firms but Leaves Locals Thirsty

Business in the Sululta district of Ethiopia’s Oromia region is burgeoning. So why, despite abundant rainfall, does half the population have no access to fresh water?

Women collect water from a muddy well in Sululta town in Ethiopia, where the local government has failed to provide water for most households. According to WaterAid, 42 million Ethiopians lack access to safe water. (Photograph: William Davison)

BY WILLIAM DAVIDSON | THE GUARDIAN

Towards the end of the day at the Abyssinia Springs bottled water factory near Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, workers hose down the car park liberally. Outside the gates, residents of the Sululta area trudge along the road with empty yellow jerrycans that they will fill from muddy wells and water points.

Over the past decade, the town in Oromia region has attracted plenty of investment. A Chinese tannery, steel mills, water factories and hotels have sprung up. Continue reading The Ethiopian Town that Welcomes Water Firms but Leaves Locals Thirsty