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In efforts to boost water supply, South Sudan is set to embark on the rehabilitation of approximately 50km of the Juba town distribution network and related works, including metering and public water collection outlets.

This is after the North African country secured $24.7 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to finance its Strategic Water Supply and Sanitation Improvement Project.

The project will also cover feasibility and engineering design for two other towns under the jurisdiction of South Sudan Urban Water Corporation. 

The project will additionally cover the development of solar powered water distributions systems and sanitation and hygiene promotion in high-density rural communities surrounding Juba, as well as capacity development in the relevant water institutions.

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Implementation will commence during the 2019/2020 financial year, with the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation and the South Sudan Urban Water Corporation serving as the executing and implementing agencies, respectively.

On completion, the project will directly benefit 300,000 people in Juba and the surrounding rural Jubek state.

About $2 million grant will ensure that schools and communities in eight targeted rural areas of Jubek state, will benefit from 40 public/institutional latrines blocks to be constructed, as well as hygiene education.

“The incorporation of a rural water and sanitation component in areas that are relatively safe to reach indicates that the project opens a pathway for more support for rural WaSH going forward,” said Osward Chanda, manager for the water security and sanitation division at the Department of Water Development and Sanitation.

“By helping to improve the quality and delivery of urban water supply services in Juba city and strengthening rural water supply and sanitation services, the project will greatly assist its target population,” said AfDB country manager for South Sudan, Benedict Kanu.