Ivory Coast: Bonoua water plant serves 2 million people in Abidjan

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Ivory Coast: Bonoua water plant serves 2 million people in Abidjan©Ivorian Ministry of Hydraulics

In Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 2 million people enjoy a continuous supply of drinking water. This is thanks to the Bonoua water treatment plant, which was commissioned in 2015. This is a step forward for the Ivorian government, which is aiming for universal coverage by 2030.

The Ivorian government is making progress towards its ambition of ensuring universal coverage of drinking water in the country by 2030. In Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast, a project completed in 2015 now provides drinking water to 2 million of the 4.5 million people in the autonomous district of Abidjan by 2022. This is the Bonoua drinking water plant. The plant has a capacity of 80,000 m3 per day.

The drinking water from the treatment plant is distributed via a 124 km network of pipes linking Bonoua to the water towers of Koumassi and Vridi in Abidjan. The government of Ivory Coast relied on the reserves of the South Comoé aquifers. Its construction required an investment of 59.5 billion CFA francs, about 91 million euros. Of this funding, 50 billion CFA francs (more than 76.2 million euros) were lent by Exim Bank of China.

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The Bonoua drinking water plant was built as part of the Ivorian government’s 2014-2017 three-year programme. To meet the demand for drinking water in the whole of Greater Abidjan, the authorities are also implementing the “Water for All” programme. Thanks to one of its components, the “Improvement of the technical and financial performance of the drinking water sector (APTF) project”, nearly 3 million people from 105 sub-districts are connected to the drinking water network.

Launched in January 2022, the second phase of the APTF project will enable the installation of 800 km of distribution network in the 13 councils of the Autonomous District of Abidjan, including Yopougon. The work should be completed in 2023. The future installations will make it possible to add 30,000 m3 of water to the Greater Abidjan network.

Inès Magoum


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