Goudel IV drinking water treatment plant built near Niamey, the capital city of Niger, has been inaugurated by Mahamadou Issoufou, the West African republic president.
The plant, which is the 4th drinking water production unit for the city of Niamey and an extension to the existing Goudel plant, provides an additional 40,000 m3 of water per day. With this capacity, the facility is able to, directly and indirectly, meet the needs of about 222,000 and 1.3 million additional people respectively.
The highest water access rate in West Africa
As part of the Goudel IV drinking water treatment plant project, approximately 15,700 additional households have been connected to the water supply network.
Additionally, 170 new water access points and three new reservoirs with a capacity of 2,000 m3 each have been constructed in the capital of Niamey. Furthermore, 27 km of pressure pipe and 250 km of distribution pipes have been laid across the city.
Generally, the project has enabled Niamey to achieve a water access rate of 95.62%, one of the highest in the West African region.
Funding for the project
The Goudel IV project was funded to the tune of US $86m by the lending arm of the European Union (EU) namely the European Investment Bank (EIB), the public financial institution that implements the policy defined by the French Government known as the French Development Agency (AFD), and the Dutch Development Cooperation, which is an important branch of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs that is responsible for development and funding, particularly in the developing countries.
The EIB provided 34.5% of the total amount while the AFD and the Dutch Development Cooperation provided 30% and 35.5% respectively.