BURKINA FASO – Burkina Faso has just obtained a 7.8-million-euro loan (about US$8.77 million) from the Ecowas Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) for the construction of drinking water supply systems in the Boucle du Mouhoun and Hauts-Bassins regions.

EBID’s financing is expected to improve the supply of drinking water in this West African country where the current coverage is estimated to be 74%.

Within the framework of this project, 27 drinking water supply systems (DWS) will be built in the Boucle du Mouhoun and Hauts-Bassins regions.

Project works will include groundwater pumping systems, small pumping stations, standpipes and small pipes to distribute water to the population.

Burkinabe authorities have not provided any information on the capacities of the various facilities; however, they indicate that once construction is completed, the water projects will be able to supply nearly 100,000 people in the two regions concerned.

In the Boucle du Mouhoun region, the water supply systems to be built will complement those already in place and are part of a water and sanitation program dubbed PAEA launched by the government in May last year.

The new water systems will also compliment a recently inaugurated drinking water supply system in this region located in the north-west of Burkina Faso.

According to Burkinabe authorities, the electric-powered plant, will provide up to 160 m3 of water per day to 11,703 people until 2040. 

The government of Burkina Faso has financed the works to build the water supply system as part of the IDB-Uemoa rural water and sanitation programme launched in July 2016 in Dakar, Senegal.

The PAEA program where the above projects fall aims to provide drinking water and sanitation to more than one million people, with an investment of 180 billion CFA francs (about US$324.66 million).

PAEA is part of the “water and sanitation” component of the presidential programme dubbed “zero water chore” for Burkina Faso which aims to give all Burkinabe citizens access to drinking water.

The World Bank has already assured the Burkinabe government of its support for the execution of this programme.

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