Vergnet Hydro and Uduma Mali, subsidiaries of the French group Odial Solutions, have been awarded the contract to build nine drinking water supply systems in the Sikasso region of Mali. The future installations will strengthen the drinking water supply for 30,000 people in the country.
Sikasso is once again at the heart of a drinking water supply project, following the construction of 75 improved village water systems (IVHS) launched in May 2022. The new project involves the construction of nine drinking water supply systems (WSS) in this region in southern Mali. The contract for the waterworks has been awarded to Vergnet Hydro and Uduma Mali, subsidiaries of the French group Odial Solutions.
Vergnet Hydro will supply all the hydraulic equipment for this project and then install it at the various sites. “We are going to carry out the construction work, entrusting the management of all the work to our sister company Uduma Mali, which will be able to rely on the skills of local partners with whom we have built up trust over the course of our previous projects,” explains Najib Benazouz, the area manager at Vergnet Hydro.
Providing drinking water to 30,000 people
According to Vergnet Hydro, each new water supply system will consist of a metal water tower with a capacity of between 30 and 50 m3, standpipes, polyvinyl chlorite (PVC) pipes, a chlorination system integrating local chlorine production, a technical room, a fence with a security gate, and a lodge for a guard. To overcome the problem of power cuts in the Sikasso region, each site will be equipped with a backup generator and a solar photovoltaic system (2.5 to 9.6 kWp), i.e. more than 50 kWp for the nine AEPs.
In total, 30,000 people will be able to receive 90 m3 of drinking water per hour in Sikasso thanks to these new installations. “One of the sites will even deliver 15 m3 of drinking water per hour,” says Chiaka Diakite, Uduma Mali’s project manager. Vergnet Hydro expects to deliver the future waterworks in August 2023.
The project is part of the Support Program for Local Authorities for Drinking Water and Sanitation (Pactea 3) currently underway in Mali. Funded by the Belgian Development Agency (ENABEL), Pactea 3 aims to improve access to water and sanitation in local authorities, particularly Koulikoro, by 2023. According to the Malian Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water, which is piloting Pactea 3, 65.3% of Mali’s rural population had access to drinking water in 2020, compared to 74.7% in urban areas in 2018.