Partially thanks to a Dutch investment of €30 million, 450,000 residents of the Niger capital Niamey will have access to clean drinking water. Construction of a water intake and purification plant will start this year.
Niamey has grown rapidly in recent years. As a result, the drinking water supply is currently no longer sufficient. The Netherlands is helping this country in the Sahel region of Africa to improve its drinking water supply.
Water purification plant
The planned water intake and purification plant will provide 100,000 m³ of drinking water per day. The water comes from the Niger River, which runs through Niamey. The plant is scheduled for completion in 2024 and will provide clean water to homes, schools, hospitals and businesses.
The Netherlands and Niger signed a funding agreement for the drinking water project on 13 February 2020. Under this agreement, the Netherlands is contributing €30 million towards an investment of €220 million in total. The Dutch contribution is intended for the construction of the plant, the purchase of equipment and capacity building. Loans from the EIB (European Investment Bank) and AFD (Agence Française de Développement) cover the rest of the costs.
The Dutch funds come from the government’s DRIVE subsidy scheme to support public infrastructure projects. The scheme offers public authorities in low and middle-income countries an attractive and flexible source of financing for the construction of public infrastructure. DRIVE is open to Dutch entrepreneurs who participate in tendering procedures for infrastructure projects of this type.
The clients and partners in this project are Niger's Ministry of Water and SPEN (Société de Patrimoine des Eaux du Niger), the national authority for drinking water.
Master plan for drinking water
The project is part of Niamey's master plan for drinking water. This project follows Goudel IV, a different, new water purification plant that has a capacity of 40,000 m³ per day. It will be ready for use in June 2020. The Netherlands contributed €23 million to Goudel IV; the EIB and AFD funded the distribution network.
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