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June 22, 2017

Signing of Grant Agreement with Honduras: Contributing to drinking water quality improvement through water supply facility improvements

photosigning ceremony

On June 20 the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of the Republic of Honduras in Tegucigalpa, the capital city, to provide grant aid of up to 1.728 billion yen for the Project for Improvement and Extension of Water Supply System in Comayagua City.

The project will improve water quality and sanitation through improvements and an extension of the water supply facilities, including the construction of a new water treatment plant in Comayagua, a key location for goods distribution in Honduras with a growing population.

Operation of the existing water treatment plant has been suspended due to deterioration and design issues, resulting in the supply of untreated river water that does not meet water standards [1] to the 76 percent of the city population without well water, and there are concerns about adverse effects on the health of residents. In addition, the distribution reservoir used to temporarily store treated water and regulate the supply volume does not have adequate capacity, and water shut-offs have become a normal part of life, with 99 percent of the population receiving less than 12 hours of water supply each day [2]. To address the situation, improving the water treatment facilities and the distribution reservoir is a priority.

Increasing the amount of treated water sourced from rivers with the aims of improving the quality of tap water and expanding the water service hours, this project is expected to contribute to solving public sanitation issues in Honduras.

1: 2016 JICA cooperation preparation survey
2: Monthly bulletins, January to December 2015, Comayagua Water Services (“Servicios de Aguas de Comayagua" in Spanish)

[Basic project information]
Country Republic of Honduras
Project title The Project for Improvement and Extension of Water Supply System in Comayagua City
Planned implementation period 47 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period
Executing agency City of Comayagua, Comayagua Water Services, National Autonomous Water and Sewerage Service (“Servicio Autónomo Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados” in Spanish)
Target region, facilities Comayagua City, Comayagua Department
Specific project details (provisional) (1) Facilities
Water treatment plant (rapid filtration, facility capacity: 15,500 cubic meters per day), distribution reservoir (effective capacity: 5,000 cubic meters), other
(2) Consulting services
Detailed design work, bidding assistance, construction supervision. Guidance in managing the facilities: capacity building for treatment plant operation, maintenance and management.

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