Burkina Faso: US$ 45 million for water and sanitation
Tunis, 24 July 2007 – Some 3 million persons will benefit from improved access to drinking water and sanitation in Burkina Faso following the approval of a loan and a grant to finance a water and sanitation project in the country.
The Boards of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF) and the African Development Bank approved on Tuesday in Tunis a total 30 million Units of Account (US$ 45 million or CFA 33 billion) to finance the rural drinking water and sanitation project. The AfDB Group funding is made of an ADF loan of UA 20 million (US$ 30 million or CFA 22 billion) and a grant of UA 10 million (US$ 15 million or CFA 11 billion) extended by the multidonor trust fund of AfDB Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI).
The project will help raise the average drinking water access rate of rural populations from 55% to 71% in the four regions covered by the project (Cascades, West-Central, South-Central and Sahel) by 2011. It will also contribute in increasing the average access rate to sanitation facilities in the four regions from 10% to 20%.
In order to achieve these objectives, the project will build 20,100 new household latrines and 1,150 new community latrines (markets, schools and health centres) along with 7,000 new domestic drain-wells. The project will also provide training for 200 masons in the construction of latrines and 200 teachers in hygiene. Some 400 female intermediaries will be set up in villages to raise awareness on hygiene. The project will involve the construction of 1,345 new modern water points (MWP) equipped with hand pumps (HP), 16 new simplified pipe-borne water supply systems (SPWS). The project will also rehabilitate 50 boreholes equipped with HP, 5 SPWS and 10 autonomous water stations. Some 1,080 water supply users associations will be put in place, run and trained in the management and maintenance of MWPs. Capacity building activities also include training of 31 SPWS managers and outreach and awareness campaigns in the villages.
Burkina Faso government has put the issue of water and sanitation at the top of its priorities with a view to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the sector.
The ADB Group operations in Burkina Faso started in 1970. To date, its commitments in the country stand at US$ 900 million in 72 operations.
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