The Minister of Hydraulics of Côte d'Ivoire, Laurent Tchagba, has announced a project to enhance the drinking water supply in the city of Bouaké, informs Afrik 21. Located in the central part, Bouaké is the second-largest in the country.
The project is worth 169.2 billion CFA francs (some €258 million), and will address water shortages in the city. In 2018 a severe drought depleted the water reserves in the Loka reservoir, which supplies the drinking water plant that serves the city’s over half a million residents.
The new project will transport water from Lake Kossou, Côte d'Ivoire’s largest man-made lake, created in 1973 by damming the Bandama River. The pumped water will be conveyed through a 40 kilometre pipeline to the Loka drinking water plant, increasing its capacity to 96,000 m3 per day. At the moment the plant provides 30,000 m3 per day, and the water demand for the city is calculated to be 60,000 m3 per day. The planned capacity expansion of the Loka plant is estimated to enable the supply to the residents of Bouaké and surroundings until 2045.
Project construction will be completed within 18 months, and is part of the government’s “Water for All” programme which aims to provide drinking water to 95% of the population by 2025. A drinking water treatment plant was also recently inaugurated as part of this programme in Tiassalé, located 123 kilometres north of Abidjan; the project involved a €7 million investment and the plant’s capacity is 12,000 m3 per day.