That’s thanks to new water pumping stations, which were recently installed in the coastal villages.
The pumps and other upgrades to the previously decaying water system are part of Albania’s coastal management project, supported with World Bank funds. Water supply pipes in the village of Piqeras – the ‘before’ view.
“In all the villages of our commune, there were amortized water pipes from the 70’s and only public taps. People didn’t have water at home, and little water came to villages,” says Vladimir Kumi, Former Mayor of Lukove Commune, which incorporates 14 villages, including the one Aleksandra lives in.
Aleksandra says that with the new water system, household chores - such as cleaning and cooking – have become a lot easier.
Water supply pipes have been upgraded in Piqueras – the ‘after’ view.
And Liljana Shehu, another Lukove village resident, agrees. She adds that not only has the new water system improved life at home, but it’s helped her run her café business more efficiently as well.
“It helps us maintain better hygiene. Before, we didn’t have water and now we have water all the time, whenever we want just by turning on the tap. And the water is healthier too,” Liljana says.
The project also installed water meters in villages for the very first time, so residents like Trendafile Hoxhaj pay only what they consume, instead of a general fee they paid in the past.
“Water is important because we need it for drinking, washing and cooking. Without water, there is no life,” says Trendafile, who lives in the coastal village of Piqeras.