The Ivorian government recently launched a project to strengthen the supply of drinking water in the sub-division of Songon, west of the council of Yopougon in greater Abidjan. The project will benefit the populations of nine villages.
The implementation of the “water for all” programme is continuing in Ivory Coast. This time, the Ivorian Minister of Hydraulics, Laurent Tchagba, visited the sub-division of Songon for the launch of drinking water supply works in this locality located in the greater Abidjan area. In the first phase, the works involve the construction of a new borehole, a treatment plant that will supply a new 100 m3 water tower.
This drinking water supply system (AEP) should supply the villages of Kossihouen, Bago, Guebo 1, Guebo 2 and Nonkouagon, whose population is estimated at more than 14,500 people. Ivory Coast’s national drinking water office (ONEP) is also planning to lay 45 km of distribution pipes. The public body will also ensure the rehabilitation of an existing borehole in the locality that has become “failing”.
Strengthening water supply in 4 additional villages
The first stage of the Songon drinking water supply project will require an investment of 694.7 million CFA francs (over 1 million euros). The second phase of the project, which is also under way, will strengthen the water supply to four villages from new facilities built in the Songon council.
ONEP delivered a large-diameter borehole, electromechanical equipment, a new water tower and the laying of several kilometres of distribution pipe. This time, the objective is to supply drinking water to 128,000 people with an investment of 763 million CFA francs (‘1.16 million). All the works can be delivered by June 2021, with an overall investment of 1.4 billion CFA francs (2.13 million euros), all financed by the Ivorian public treasury.
Jean Marie Takouleu