The government of Burkina Faso represented by Amidou ZAGRE, the director of the cabinet of the Burkinabe Ministry of Water and Sanitation, in place of Minister Niouga Ambroise Ouédraogo, has inaugurated a simplified drinking water supply system (AEPS) in the village of Kougsin, the commune of Sourgou, province of Boulkiemdé.
The construction of the AEPS, launched by Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, the President of Burkina Faso in 2016, cost more than US$ 194,624. The project was implemented within the framework of the Water and Sanitation Sector Policy Support Programme (PAPS-EA), which is financed by the European Union through the Sector Budget Support (ABS) 2020.
PAPS-EA, according to the EU, will contribute to the implementation of Burkina Faso’s National Water Policy (NWP) with the specific objective of improving equitable and sustainable access to drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene for the population in accordance with integrated water resource management.
An overview of the AEPS
The new AEPS includes an underground water pumping system with a capacity of 20 m3. Operating with hybrid solar energy, this installation will provide at least 30 m3 of water per day to 2,600 people in the town of Kougsin.
This water will be distributed to the population by the use of five standpipes connected to the pumping station using small pipes. 10 domestic connections at the least have also been made as part of the drinking water project.
According to the director of the cabinet of the Burkinabe Ministry of Water and Sanitation, following the completion f the construction of AEPS infrastructure in Kougsin, the rate of access to water in the city has increased from 61% as of 2019 to about 100% by the end of last year.