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Launch of National Water Information System in Benin

Launch of National Water Information System in BeninOn 4 February the water sector in Benin launched a National Water Information System (SNIEAU). The system was officially launched during a workshop for decision makers at the ‘Direction Générale de l’Eau du Benin’ in Cotonou.Representat ives from different ministries as well as experts from the National Water Institute (Institut National de l’Eau, INE) and international experts from COWI/IGIP and UNESCO-IHE participated in the workshop.

Improve intersectoral communication SNIEAU (Systeme National d’Information sur l’Eau) is a Spatial Data Infrastructure that has been developed with the expertise of Dr. Hans van der Kwast, Lecturer in Ecohydrological modeling at UNESCO-IHE and Claire Lelong of COWI/IGIP.

Khama Assures Shorobe Residents

President Khama IanPresident Khama IanMaun — President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama has assured residents of Shorobe in Ngamiland District that water crisis in their village would be addressed.

President Khama was responding to complaints made during a kgotla meeting he addressed thisweek. Some residents had stated that since the Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) took over water supply services from water affairs, the shortage of water in their village became the order of the day.

Kesem Dam Irrigation Project Sees Completion

Kesem DamKesem DamThe Kesem Dam Construction and Irrigation Project which is 99 per cent through is expected to become fully operational soon.

The project site is located in Afar State, about 800 m above sea level and 237 km away to the north east of Addis Ababa. The site is flanked by the banks of Kesem River.

The dam which is the first of its kind in the country, is 1,096 meters long and 7,18l wide with a capacity of half billion cubic meter of water and capable of irrigating more than 20,000 hectares of land.

Mandera Locals Drill Borehole, Find Aquifer

A massive aquifer has been discovered in Takaba subcounty of Mandera.

An aquifer is an underground water reservoir. The discovery was made when the Mandera county government drilled a borehole at Darwed.

The borehole on the aquifer sits upon a massive aquifer and pumps clean water at a rate of 30,0000 cubic metres per hour.

Previously, residents relied on the borehole at Wangeidhan,15km from Takaba town.

Government Says its Prioritizing Water in 2015

Girl at a water pump MonroviaGirl at a water pump MonroviaMonrovia  Liberia’s FinanceMinister, AmaraKonneh hashighlighted that theLiberia Water andSewer Corporationhas started toprove its ability todeliver on promises while at the same time accounting forfunds provided by the government for capital investmentprojects aimed at delivering what he referred to as a “basichuman rights.”




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2