Arab bank funds water supply project in Sao Tome and Principe

4 April 2014

The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) will provide around US$7 million for a drinking water project in Sao Tome and Principe, the bank’s local representative said.

Alkabidelair Omali, the BADEA representative in Sao Tome, said that environmental impact and economic feasibility studies were underway for the project which will collect water from the Abade River, in the district of Cantagalo, 12 kilometres from the capital of Sao Tome and Principe.

As well as a technical team from BADEA that is already in Sao Tome, the studies, which should take six months, will also be conducted by staff from state water and power company, said Aleixo Pires, the mayor of Cantagalo.

The project also includes sanitation work, campaigns to raise awareness and educate the population about efficient use of water, and installation of the water treatment system, Pires said.

This water supply project is part of the national programme to combat poverty, which is funded by several development partners.

Despite having an overall capacity of 2.1 million cubic metres of water per square kilometre, water supply is deficient on the archipelago due to a lack of distribution networks. (macauhub)