The Ivorian Minister of Hydraulics, Laurent Tchagba, recently launched the connection of 13,000 households to the drinking water network of Koumassi-campement, in the greater Abidjan area in Ivory Coast. The connection of households to the network of the Société de distribution d'eau de la Côte d'Ivoire (Sodeci) is financed by a grant of 3 billion CFA francs (about 4.6 million euros) from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica).
In Ivory Coast, 14,161 households in Koumassi-campement, a suburb of Abidjan, will be supplied with drinking water from the public network. On April 15th, 2021, the Ivorian Minister of Hydraulics, Laurent Tchagba, launched a project to connect these disadvantaged groups to the network of the Société de distribution d’eau de la Côte d’Ivoire (Sodeci).
According to this official, some 13,000 social connections will be made in Koumassi-campement. “People will have access to drinking water at a lower cost, i.e. 10,000 CFA francs each (15.24 euros) compared to 167,000 CFA francs (about 254.6 euros) initially planned for connection to the national drinking water network,” says Laurent Tchagba, the Ivorian Minister of Hydraulics.
Improving the supply of drinking water
The construction of 13,000 social connections in Koumassi-campement is financed by the Korean International Cooperation Agency (Koica) to the tune of 3 billion CFA francs, or nearly 4.6 million euros. The Ivorian authorities have announced that the work will be completed by June 30th, 2022. In addition to improving access to drinking water, the project will extend the Sodeci network.
In the district of Abidjan, Koica has also allocated 1.5 billion CFA francs (around 2.3 million euros) to make 8,800 social connections in Yopougon and Abobo in 2020. These two projects are part of the “Water for All” programme implemented by the Ivorian government since 2017. The programme aims to achieve 100% access to drinking water by 2030.