SOUTH SUDAN: KIIR COMMISSIONS $47.8M WATER SUPPLY PROJECT IN JUBA
Last Updated on March 17, 2023 by Basira Hakeem
- The project was funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
- The plan also included water distribution networks.
The largest water supply project, which will offer safe and clean drinking water to more than 25,000 people in Juba, South Sudan, was officially opened by President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Thursday. President Kiir stated that one-third of the Juba population will have access to safe drinking water thanks to the water facility during the commissioning of the city’s water supply which took place on Thursday.
The President spoke on the major challenge to the government which was the maintenance of the water. “The challenge in front of us is how we will maintain the water supply system we have received today for the benefit of Juba residents”, he said.
The legendary Nile which runs day and night through Juba and other African countries has not been able to provide the people with water. Kiir instructed the Ministry of Water Resource and Irrigation to efficiently manage, operate, and maintain the water delivery system. “I am instructing all leaders who are here today especially the Ministry of Water Resource and Irrigation to resort efforts to effectively manage, operate, and maintain this water supply system for benefit of our people”.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) created a water treatment plant that involved the construction of s service reservoir and pipes for distribution in Juba. The project which costs $47.8 million was funded by JICA. The plan did not only include a new water treatment plant but also water distribution networks. It was commissioned at John Garang Mausoleum under the theme “Safe and Clean Drinking Water”.
The Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Pal Mai Deng commended the Japanese government for supplying water to Juba. “we are thankful to the government of Japan, and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for their continued supply and commitment to providing safe and clean drinking water to our citizens”, Pal said.