Implementing Agency: NATIONAL WATER AND ELECTRICITY COMPANY
Location: Countrywide in the 8 administ. Centers
The objectives are to prepare the medium and long term development plan for the water supply and sanitation services in The Gambia as well as to determine the technically sound project which can be found to be of immediate priority for the growth of the towns and villages in the eight administrative centers.
The study involves the assessment of long-term water and sanitation requirements for 25 years planning horizon to provide a strategic development programme of the sector as well designing a project for the immediate requirements to meet demand in growth areas of the eight administrative centers of the country. It will consist of the preparation of technical, economical, financial, social, environmental and institutional studies and will be phased into three stages including a Strategic Plan, a Feasibility Study and Detailed Engineering Designs and Tender documents.
The study will ensure availability of detailed information on the financial, technical, institutional aspects of the project to address water supply and sanitation problems in the project areas in a view of improving health benefits and environmental conditions.
It is estimated that about 60% and less than 50% of the urban and rural population of The Gambia have access to to potable water. Acess to sanitaion is not much better. The existing water supply and sanitation systems are in great need of rehabilitation and upgrading. Despite that the sector has recieved considerable attention of the Government through the assistance of the donor community over the past two decades, there has yet not been a countrywide strategic development programme to consistently guide and regularly review the operations of the sector. Therefore, the present study should commence with preparation of the strategic plan to enable the Government to have a staged development plan and a capital expenditure programme to ensure sustainable development in the sector. The study is designed to address the immediate and long-term needs for water and sanitation sevices covering a 25-year planning horizon for the eight administrative centers in the country. Out of the strategic plan, an immediate project in the study areas will be identified for preparation of feasibility study and detailed designs. The study will assist a large part of population in reducing poverty through the provision of basic services and infrastructure. The study is also intended to highlight the cross-cutting issues of gender equality, social equity and environmental sustainability in the design stage to be integrated to the specific study outputs.