The African Development Bank (AfDB) has committed new $24.7 Million USD investment to the South Sudan Strategic Water Supply and Sanitation Improvement Project.
The funding will support the rehabilitation of 50 kilometers of the Juba town distribution network, including public water collection sites and metering. The project will also develop solar powered water distribution systems as well as promote sanitation and hygiene in high-density rural communities in and around Juba.
The Ministry of Water Resources and the South Sudan Urban Water Corporation will implement the programme that is slated to commence during this financial year.
Juba, the capital of South Sudan, suffers from under investment in basic water infrastructure and rapid urbanization due to the growth in population, placing additional strain on existing urban water supply infrastructure. Also, illegal supply of untreated water drawn from the Nile River by private water tanker operators is common in the city and its suburbs.
On completion, the project will directly benefit 300,000 people in Juba and the surrounding Jubek state. Nearly $2 Million USD is allocated to ensure that schools and communities in eight targeted rural areas will benefit from hygiene education and the construction of 40 public/institutional latrines.
“By helping to improve the quality and delivery of urban water supply services in Juba city and strengthening rural water supply and sanitation services, the project will greatly assist its target population,” said Bank Country Manager for South Sudan, Benedict Kanu. He added that the programme will help in combating diseases, reducing health costs, improving quality of life, as well as helping women save time. There is also the increased convenience due to closer water supply outlets.
The project aligns with South Sudan’s National Development Strategy (2018-21) and the orientation of the Bank’s 2012-18 Country Strategy Paper, which was extended in May 2019 to 2021. Both strategies emphasize nation building through capacity building and infrastructure development.