People in Bianouan can no longer use the river for drinking or washing, because it is so polluted, and fishing has come to a standstill. Ivory Coast’s semi-public water distribution company, SODECI (Société de distribution d’eau de Côte d’Ivoire), iis usually responsible for cleaning the river water for drinking. But SODECI has shut down the water treatment plant that they installed in the area only last August. At the beginning of March, SODECI commissioned several laboratories to iinvestigate pollution in the Bia River. In the meantime, to make up for the lack of drinking water, Ivory Coast's national water bureau has started sending tankers of drinking water to the area on a daily basis.
'Washing with this water makes us itch'