Prime Minister Edi Rama has promised that in the next 12 months, every city and urban area in Albania will have running water 24 hours a day.
In a press conference, Rama said:
“By the end of 2021, the supply will be realised for all urban areas of Albania from Lac to Kavaja, Fushe Kruja to Shijak, Kurja to Berat and Lushnje, Gjirkaster and so on.”
He added that there are currently 128 construction sites for improving the water supply infrastructure. These, he said, will be finished and closed during 2021 and another 70 opened to guarantee a 24-hour water supply.
Many urban and rural places in Albania do not get running water 24 hours a day. There are also a number of schools throughout the country which do not have running water at all.
This promise is one that has been used for many years, mainly by Mayor of Tirana Erion Veliaj. In 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2020, promises about improvements to the water supply have been promised, yet many city residents do not enjoy a 24 hour supply. Furthermore, the water is not fit for human consumption.
Now, almost six years later, the promise of water is being used in the 2021 election campaign.