TOGO – The Togolese parliament has approved a budget of 23 billion CFA francs (US$40 million) in line with its budget laws to secure the supply of water in Togo, which is currently estimated at more than 70%.
Expenditures related to the supply of drinking water are increasing over the years in Togo. This is normal, according to the Togolese authorities.
This sector plays a key role in the sustainable development of the country. This argument is still true in 2022 with the granting of 6 billion additional CFA francs (US$10.46 million) for drinking water projects compared to 2021.
“We plan to spend just over 23 billion CFA francs (US$40 million) on drinking water supply in 2022. This is an increase from last year’s budget when 17 billion CFA francs (US$29.64 million) were allocated to the sector,” says the Togolese government.
Part of the 2022 budget (US$40 million) will be used to continue ongoing drinking water projects in the West African country.
The national drinking water supply plan targets over 300 hydraulic pumps to be installed in the north and they should improve sanitary conditions in schools and rural areas in the Kara and Savanes regions (PASSCO).
France backs this project, through its Development Agency (AFD) which disbursed CFA6.5 billion(US$11.33 million) to this end.
The IDB-UEMOA project aims to build 31 drinking water mini-adductions in the Savanes, Central, and Kara regions, as well as the project to strengthen village water supply throughout the country, excluding the sea, with 185 autonomous solar-powered water stations.
In addition, part of the budget will be used to back the master plan for the supply of Greater Lomé, which the government started working on in September 2021.
The program aims to meet the demand for drinking water in the capital and its outskirts over the next 30 years as part of Togo’s National Drinking Water Supply Plan.
The Togolese authorities hope, at the end of the various works, to reach a drinking water coverage of 85% by 2025 against 70% currently, and 100% coverage by 2030.
With these deadlines set, the country initiated major projects such as the Support Program for Vulnerable Populations (PAPV). The EU and China back the latter, among others.