Ivory Coast to extend wastewater treatment system in Abidjan

TThe Ivory Coast government has contracted Gauff Engineering, a German company, to improve and expand Abidjan’s sewage system.

This project aims to improve sanitation in Abidjan and address the limited access to the public sewage system as only about 15% of households are currently connected. The contract for the project was officially awarded by Bouaké Fofana, Minister of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene of Ivory Coast.

Gauff Engineering’s tasks include connecting households in Abidjan to the public sanitation services. The project also includes the construction of sewage and stormwater drainage systems to stem flooding, which is a major problem in Abidjan and is exacerbated by pollution and climate change. The 2018 flood was particularly severe and caused significant damage.

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scope of work

Gauff Engineering is scheduled to start work at the project sites in October 2023. The focus of the liquid sanitation project will be on the poorest districts of Abidjan. The total cost of improving efficiency and expanding the sanitation system is estimated at US$191 million and will be funded by the Ivorian Ministry of Hydraulics, Sanitation and Hygiene.

The choice of Gauff Engineering for this project is notable given its previous experience in Ivory Coast. The company has been operating in the country since 2019 and has successfully completed four sanitation projects in Abidjan between 2019 and 2022.

These projects included improvements to Anyama-Abobo County’s sewage system, construction of stormwater collectors in flood-prone areas, restoration of flow capacity in drainage canals, and development of an open drainage system to reduce the risk of flooding in a particular village called Locodjro, located in the Autonomous County Abidjan.

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