In Gabon, CIM Gabon II drinking water plant has been commissioned in Ntoum, a town located 38 km from the Gabonese capital Libreville in a ceremony led by President Ali Bongo Ondimba.
Carried out by the Établissement des techniciens de l’eau (ETE) in conjunction with Méga Services, and the Société d’électricité, de téléphone et de l’eau du Gabon (Seeg), the plant with a capacity of 36,000 m3, operates with a floating intake on the N’Zeme River. The raw water passes through a 3.5 km long delivery pipe in the town of Ntoum to supply the drinking water plant.
According to the President of the Republic of Gabon, the new installation will make it possible to reinforce the supply of drinking water to the populations of the town of Ntoum, as well as to nearby towns such as Libreville, Owendo, and Akanda.
In total, 32,500 households, or rather 190,000 people, will benefit from the drinking water facility whose construction was financed by the government of the West African country to the tune of close to US$ 10.5M.
The 36,000 m3 of water that CIM Gabon II will produce will bring the quantity of water produced for the greater Libreville region of Gabon to 266,000 m3.
Libreville Integrated Water Supply and Sanitation Programme.
The commissioning of the CIM Gabon II drinking water plant comes following the launch of the “drinking water” component of the Libreville Integrated Water Supply and Sanitation Programme (Piaepal).
This component of the Piaepal includes the renewal of 149 kilometers of drinking water distribution networks, as well as the extension of another 131 kilometers. Completion of these works will consequently improve the supply of drinking water to approximately 350,000 people in the greater Libreville area and surrounding localities.
Through the Piaepal program, which is financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Africa Growing Together Fund, the Gabonese government hopes to secure access to drinking water for part of its population by 2025.