Senegal: Nearly One Million People to Benefit from Rural Water and Sanitation Programme Supported by the AfDB Group

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Tunis, 18 February 2009–Nearly one million people will directly benefit from a rural drinking water and sanitation program initiated by the Senegalese government with the help of a loan of 30 million Units of Account (UA*), equivalent to US$ 44.76 million, approved on Wednesday in Tunis, by the Executive Directors of the African Development Fund, the concessional window of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group.

The second phase of the Rural Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Sub-programme aims at strengthening drinking water supply and sanitation infrastructures, in line with goals of the Results-based Country Strategy Paper (RBCSP- 2005-2009) and the Bank’s Initiative in the rural water supply and sanitation sector. It also addresses the priorities of the government’s second Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRSP2 - 2006-2010) targets.

The Program is designed to improve improving the health conditions of approximately 1,790,600 inhabitants of Kaffrine, Tambacounda, Kolda, Sédhiou and Ziguinchor regions of the country.

A component of the Millennium Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Programme (PEPAM) put in place by the government in 2005 to help in the attainment of the water and sanitation-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, the program falls within the framework of the Bank’s Initiative in this sector. This aims at strengthening the impact of the Bank’s previous interventions and enhancing its role as lead development partner in this sub-sector.

“…It will help to meet the needs of about 800,000 people, including 162,000 directly concerned with drinking water infrastructures, 150,000 with sanitation infrastructure, and the entire population with the promotion of hygiene and support in the establishment of Borehole Users Associations (ASUFORs) and transfer of equipment maintenance to private operators.

“The major expected outcomes are sustainable improvement of access to drinking water and sanitation, and positive change in the attitudes and behaviours of the population with respect to hygiene,” the project brief says.

According to the brief, the sub-program will increase the average rates of access to drinking water and sanitation in the area from 37% and 17% to 45% and 26%, respectively, between 2007 and 2013.

The drinking water supply component, which is the backbone of the program, includes:

  • The construction of 35 boreholes including 30 on new Multi-Village Water Supply (MVWS) sites and 5 on existing MVWS sites;
  • The rehabilitation of 21 existing boreholes;
  • The installation of 10 new piezometers;
  • The construction of 41 water tanks, comprising 30 on new MVWS sites and 11 on existing MVWS sites;
  • The extension of networks on 58 sites, comprising 30 on new MVWS sites and 28 on existing ones;
  • The supply and installation of 83 water-pumping devices, including 30 on new MVWS sites;
  • The installation of 10,000 individual water connections;
  • The supply and installation of 290 production and 2,035 distribution metres.

The sanitation component includes the construction of 400 public toilets in schools and health centres as well as 11,000 facilities for new family latrines equipped with washbasins.

The total cost of the project is estimated at UA 33.42 million. The ADF contribution represents 89.8% of the overall cost. The government’s contribution amounts to UA 2.92 million while the project beneficiaries will contribute UA 0.5 million.
*1UA = US$ 1. 49192 = CFAF 763.606 as at 18/02/2009


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