The Non-Aligned Movement has recognized the importance of clean water and sanitation for social, economic and environmental development, and that water is a key to sustainable development. NAM recognizes the importance of water as a vital and finite natural resource, which has an economic, social and environmental function, and has acknowledged the right to water for all. NAM has recognised the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights NAM has thus called on the Member States to scale up efforts to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation for all.
The Water for All program in Ivory Coast has been formulated in line with the above objectives of providing clean water and sanitation for all. According to the UN, 54% of Ivory Coast’s rural population have access to at least basic drinking water sources. With 46% of the country’s 24 million people living in rural areas, that leaves more than five million people without access to even basic sources. Infant mortality is nearly twice that of the global average and life expectancy is 53 years. To address this, the government of Ivory Coast has allocated more than 2 million Euros to the “Water for All” programme.
Under the “Water for All” programme, the Ivorian government will invest a total of 1,320 billion Francs. With these funds, the Ivorian government, through numerous private companies, is building new drinking water plants to supply the country’s major cities. For the economic capital Abidjan, a plant under construction will tap the Aghion Lagoon, the largest freshwater reserve in Ivory Coast, to provide up to 150,000 m3 of drinking water per day. In Bouake, a city with a population of over 1.5 million, the government has commissioned a 240,000 m3 drinking water plant from the Mé River. Part of the production will be distributed to other communes in the greater Abidjan area. With an investment of 4.5 billion CFA francs, the Ivorian government has strengthened the supply of drinking water in Tiassalé, 123 km north of Abidjan, thanks to a new drinking water plant with a capacity of 12,000 m3 per day. The country’s rural areas have not been neglected either, as several drinking water supply projects are underway or have already been inaugurated. This is the case of a vast project that will allow the construction of 6 000 solar-powered boreholes in the 31 regions of this West African country.
The program is operating effectively from its start to this day. On February 1, 2021, Ivorian Minister of Hydraulics Laurent Tchagba launched the construction of a drinking water supply (AEP) in Didiévi. In the sub-Division, the future installations will supply the localities of Bodo and Groyaokro.
The AEP will be built between the localities of Bodo and Groyaokro in Didiévi. The works will involve the construction of a borehole with a provisional pumping rate of around 9 m3/hour and a treatment plant that will store its production in a water tower with a capacity of 50 m3 and a height of 15 m. According to Minister Laurent Tchagba, the AEP will supply 198 m3 of water per day to the populations of the two localities until 2036.
The Didiévi drinking water supply project is entirely financed by the Ivorian state, to the tune of 334 million CFA francs, about 510,000 euros. The AEP is expected to be delivered in seven months. As with previous projects, the AEP in Didiévi aims to bring Ivory Coast closer to its goal of providing access to drinking water for all Ivorians by 2030. In Songon, west of the council of Yopougon in greater Abidjan, the National Drinking Water Office (ONEP) plans to deliver the site one month rather than Didiévi, i.e., in June 2021.
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