They had taps. They had pipes. But for 25 long years, the people of Kasongo had no decent water system.
The Belgians built a gravity-fed system in 1954 to deliver drinking water to the residents of the town, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, but by 1990 it was kaput.
This meant many locals would have to walk for two hours to get enough water to last a family for a day.
Two international charities had a go at repairing the town’s system but they couldn’t turn on the taps.
However recently there’s been a breakthrough. A team from Tearfund, working as part of the SWIFT Consortium, successfully pumped water three miles uphill into a cistern that had been dry for two decades.