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The African Development Bank will support Gabon to reduce the drinking water deficit of 50,000 cubic metres per day, in Grand Libreville, through the Bank's approved €75.4 million ($86 million) fund.

The Bank's Board of Directors approved the loan on Wednesday.

The project, with a total cost of €117.4 million ($134 million), co-financed with the African Growing Together Fund Fund - AGTF for €42 million ($48 million), is intended to finance the first integrated sub-programme for the drinking water supply and sanitation Libreville - component drinking water that provides for the development of drinking water supply infrastructure (AEP) of the capital of Gabon and its surroundings.

This includes the renewal of 149 km of the Libreville AEP network, the reinforcement and extension of 131 km of the Libreville AEP network and the repair of leaks in the administrative buildings.

“These are the kinds of initiatives our bank should take. Work to get things done in Gabon. We must congratulate the country for this project. By giving access to water to the poor is fundamental,” noted President Akinwumi Adesina.

Access to drinking water

The implementation of the project is expected to increase the rate of access to drinking water to populations, from 25% to 85% in rural areas, from 45 to 95% in urban areas.

As for sanitation, the rate will increase from 10 to 80% in rural areas and from 32 to 80% in urban areas.

About 920,000 inhabitants of Grand Libreville will benefit from a regular supply of drinking water and in sufficient quantity. Read more: How energy and water sectors tackle ‘resourcefulness’