TOGO: Government plans €35m for drinking water in 2022

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The Togolese parliament has approved a budget of 23 billion CFA francs (around 35.1 million euros) for drinking water supply in 2022. This budget will be used to secure the supply of water in Togo, which is currently estimated at more than 70%.

Expenditures related to the supply of drinking water are increasing over the years in Togo. This is normal, according to the Togolese authorities. For this sector plays a key role in the sustainable development of the country. This argument is still true in 2022 with the granting of 6 billion additional CFA francs (over 9.14 million euros) for drinking water projects compared to 2021. “We plan to spend just over 23 billion CFA francs (about 35.1 million euros) on drinking water supply in 2022. This is an increase from last year’s budget, when 17 billion CFA francs (nearly 26 million euros) were allocated to the sector,” says the Togolese government.

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Part of the 2022 budget (35.1 million euros) will be used to continue ongoing drinking water projects in the West African country, including the Project to Improve Sanitary Conditions in Schools and Rural Areas in the Savannah and Kara Regions (PASSCO), which will see the installation of 700 human power pumps in northern Togo; the IDB-UEMOA project, which aims to build 31 drinking water mini-adductions in the Savanes, Central and Kara regions, as well as the project to strengthen village water supply throughout the country, excluding the sea, with 185 autonomous solar-powered water stations.

Securing the supply of water to the population by 2030

The Togolese government is also financing the construction of 602 solar-powered substations. These ongoing projects are part of Togo’s National Drinking Water Supply Plan. The budget allocated to drinking water in 2022 will also be used to develop the master plan for drinking water supply in Lomé. The roadmap being prepared in the country since September 2021, will guide the Togolese government’s actions in drinking water for the next thirty years.

The Togolese authorities hope, at the end of the various works, to reach a drinking water coverage of 85% by 2025 against 70% currently. And universal coverage by 2030.

Inès Magoum

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