June 1, 2015
On May 28, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement (G/A) with the Government of the Republic of Palau to provide grant aid of up to 1.843 billion yen for the Project for Improvement of Water Supply System.
Part of the water supply facilities in Koror State (which includes the country’s economic core Koror Island and the country’s former capital) and Airai State (the second most populous state after Koror) were laid when Palau was ruled under the Japanese Mandate, and have deteriorated in the more than seven decades since. Many of the distribution pipelines in the center of Koror Island in particular are made of asbestos cement, which causes frequent water leakage. This is not only a factor behind the high non-revenue water ratio (approximately 48 percent), but necessitates road closures during leak repairs, which hampers economic activities in Palau. Due to an inadequate system of water transmission mains and distribution zones, hillside areas (Ngerbeched) and other areas in the region regularly have low water pressure. Therefore, solving the lack of water pressure in the water transmission, distribution and supply due to the deteriorating water supply facilities and inadequate water supply system is a priority, along with preventing water outages.
This project will improve the water transmission mains and reform water distribution zones, as well as replacing water distribution pipelines to provide a stable water supply in Koror and Airai States, thereby improving the living environment in those areas.
Along with these water supply facility improvements, JICA will provide training and other services to develop the human resources at Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC) which is the executing agency of water supply in Palau, thereby providing assistance to strengthen the capacity for stable water supply in Palau.