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November 18, 2013

JICA to improve safe water supply in South Sudan’s capital

The Project for Improvement of Water Supply System in Juba

Juba - Fewer people in Juba, South Sudan's growing capital city, will suffer from water-borne diseases like typhoid due to lack of clean and safe water after the construction of an additional water treatment plant through a Japanese Government Grant Aid Project.

H. E. Wani Igga, South Sudan's Vice President, kicked off the 47.7 million U.S. Dollar project for the improvement of the water supply system in Juba on October 17. When the project is completed, 389,000 persons will have access to safe water compared to only 34,000 people who currently receive irregular safe water supplies. Eventually, 18,000 cubic-meters of safe water will reach Juba's rapidly growing population compared to the current 7,200 cubic-meters.

Speaking at the plant's groundbreaking ceremony, Eng. Chamjok Chung, South Sudan Urban Water Corporation (SSUWC) Managing Director said the water plant will greatly improve people's lives. Meanwhile, Mr. Atsushi Hanatani, JICA Chief Representative, added the project is collaboration between the Governments of Japan and South Sudan. JICA technical experts in collaboration with the South Sudan Urban Water Corporation and the Ministry of Electricity, Dams, Water, Resources (MoEDIWR) will oversee the project, he said.

As part of this project, JICA will fund construction of water intake facilities, a purification facility, a distributing reservoir, transmission pipelines, 120 public stands, and eight (8) water tanker filling stations throughout Juba. April 2015 is the expected project completion date.

This water improvement project emerged out of a 2008 and 2009 master plan survey of the water supply facilities in Juba. JICA conducted the survey in response to a request from the Government of South Sudan. Last September, JICA completed a technical cooperation project for enhancing the management capacity of SSUWC. JICA has planned to implement the second phase of the technical cooperation.

PhotoH.E. Wani Igga, South Sudan Vice President, (center with grey suit) reads the foundation stone of the new water treatment plant.

PhotoHon. Jemma Nunu Kumba, Minister for Electricity, Dams, Irrigation and Water Resources, confers with technical staff about the new water treatment plant map.

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