The carrying out of the Chokoyan drinking water supply project in the Ouaddaï region of Chad has begun officially following a groundbreaking ceremony presided over by Tahani Mahamat Hassane, the Central African country’s Minister of Urban and Rural Hydraulics.
The project, which is funded by the Chadian State government to the tune of close to US$ 1.2m, will be carried out by Al Kaossar, a local company based in Lai that carries out civil engineering business activities.
The latter will according to the terms of its contract has to complete the construction works in not more than half a year.
Expectations for the future Chokoyan water supply system
Upon completion, the future Chokoyan water supply system will consist of two boreholes equipped with two pumps, partially powered by photovoltaic solar energy. Drinking water will be stored in a castle with a capacity of 200 m3 before being distributed to the population through new pipes that will also enable 100 households in Chokoyan to be connected to the national water network.
According to authorities, the new installations are expected to significantly reduce the lack of drinking water in this Central African Country where barely 50% of the entire population has access to clean drinking water.
Rehabilitation work on the Bithéa pumping station
In its efforts to improve drinking water supply in the country, particularly in Ouaddaï region, the government of Chad through the Chadian Water and Electricity Company (Société Tchadienne d’Eau et d’Electricité—STEE) recently launched rehabilitation work on the Bithéa pumping station which was built back in 1994.
According to the public company, the rehabilitated facility will increase the pumping capacity from the current 4,000 cubic meters to 6,000 cubic meters per day. The water pumped from Ouadi Bithéa is directly conveyed into two water towers with a capacity of 2,000 cubic meters each.