N’Djamena water distribution network extension project in Chad underway

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The government of Chad has signed an agreement with European Union for the implementation of N’Djamena water distribution network extension project.

The project aims to improve the supply of drinking water in the city of N’Djamena in its urban and peri-urban area. The agreement was signed between the main stakeholders are the Chadian Ministers of Environment and Economy on the Chad side and the European Union, the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Dutch Enterprise Agency (RVO) on the partner side. Together, these actors will carry out a project to extend the water distribution network in N’Djamena.

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N’Djamena water distribution network extension project

The project is estimated to cost US $60m and will be undertaken as part of the National Development Programme, which has been implemented by the Government to cover the period 2017-2021.

Upon completion, it is projected to improve coverage in the city 30 to 45% between 2020 and 2021 and to about 65% between 2021 and 2025. Currently, Chad is experiencing significant temperature increases, and rainfall is becoming increasingly rare. These factors plunge the country into an unprecedented drought, what remains of water is in turn used to irrigate the country’s crops, which accentuates its scarcity.

The Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) was however set up to manage Lake Chad and to address water scarcity. The commission has many projects that they are trying to implement. For example IBWTP project plans to replenish the lake by building a dam and 60 miles of canals to pump water uphill from the Congo River to the Chari River and then on to Lake Chad.

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