Expansion Of Water Distribution, WASH Services, Lake Monitoring In Kisumu, Kenya

7 Oct 2020 by Staff - Water Diplomat

The Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Project (LVWATSAN) in Kenya has received approval of over $70 Million USD in loans and grants from three European agencies.

Funds will be used to expand the water and sanitation distribution network to over 800,000 people in Kisumu, on the shore of Lake Victoria, and its surrounding informal settlements, with a portion of the funding to be used for water quality monitoring of Lake Victoria.

The package of funding is aimed to protect the shared regional water resource and ensure that the water treatment process is more efficient.

Agence Française de Développement (AFD), European Investment Bank, and the European Union will support the government of Kenya in funding the project.

Lake Victoria currently exhibits significant levels of pollution due to poor sanitation infrastructure. In addition to further expansion of the water service network, the program will include investment in a new wastewater treatment plant that will curtail some of the city’s share in the pollution of Lake Victoria.

The new network and water treatment projects are expected to meet the Kisumu’s needs through 2030.

“As the first bilateral financier of the water and sanitation sector in Kenya, AFD is proud to improve access to safe drinking water for the population of Kisumu while protecting this scarce resource through enhanced quality monitoring – in other words, to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals by helping the people and protecting the planet,” AFD CEO Rémy Rioux said.

“Thousands of Kenyans living on the shores of Lake Victoria will benefit from transformed access to clean water and improved sanitation following the excellent cooperation between Kenya, AFD, the EIB and the European Union. This impressive water project will contribute to improved health, reduced infant mortality and address poverty in communities faced by a changing climate and strengthen efforts to fight COVID-19,” said Ambroise FAYOLLE, European Investment Bank Vice President.

It is expected that more than 30,000 househols will benefit from improved sanitation, while more than 15,000 households will benefit from additional connection to the water supply grid.