IVORY COAST: EKDS strengthens drinking water supply in Bingerville

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IVORY COAST: EKDS strengthens drinking water supply in Bingerville©Bradley D. Saum/Shutterstock

A new construction site for drinking water supply facilities has been launched in the sub-prefecture of Bingerville, located in the district of Abidjan in Ivory Coast. The project is being implemented by the construction company EKDS Nouvelle.

The supply of drinking water should soon improve in the sub-prefecture of Bingerville, located in the district of Abidjan in Ivory Coast. Work on the project was launched on January 25, 2022. The Ivorian government chose the Ivorian BT¨P (building and public works) company EKDS Nouvelle to carry out the work.

The project involves the construction of three boreholes. The water pumped by the new facilities will be treated in a new plant that will have a capacity of 500 m3 per hour. The aim is to provide a continuous service in the sub-prefecture of Bingerville and to increase the financial efficiency of the National Drinking Water Office (ONEP). Placed under the technical supervision of the Ivorian Ministry of Economic Infrastructures and the financial supervision of the Ivorian Ministry of Economy and Finance, the public body provides assistance to the State and local authorities to ensure access to drinking water for the entire population (by 2030) as well as the management of public and private assets in the drinking water sector.

The Ivorian authorities estimate that the work in the sub-prefecture of Bingerville will be completed in 16 months. They are part of Phase II of the Urban Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Project (PREMU), launched in July 2019.

IDA funding

Phase II of PREMU will also benefit the secondary cities of Tiassalé, N’Douci, N’Zianouan, Korhogo, Ferkessédougou, Béoumi, Issia, Dabou, Niakara and Songon. In all, some 1.2 million people will be served with drinking water by 2024. With an overall cost of 129 million euros, PREMU is financed via a loan from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank Group’s subsidiary.

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The project also includes a sanitation component that will benefit 90,000 students in Ivory Coast, says Fadel Ndaw, the World Bank’s senior water and sanitation sector specialist. To eliminate open defecation and ensure access to sustainable sanitation services by 2030, the government of Ivory Coast has committed to building 1,494 latrines, with handwashing and menstrual hygiene facilities in 294 public elementary school in eight regions of the West African country.

Inès Magoum

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