On 20 June 2020, in the presence of the Ivorian Minister of Hydraulics and the Minister of Mines and Geology, the construction site for the reinforcement of drinking water in the city of Bouaké and the 120 surrounding localities was launched.
Bouaké, the second largest city in Côte d'Ivoire, has a population of about 570,000 and more than 1.5 million including its entire urban area.
As a reminder, during the late spring and summer of 2018, the city experienced an acute crisis situation in terms of water supply due to the drying up of the La Loka dam lake, the main source of drinking water supply for the city and surrounding areas.
In order to cope with this shortage of drinking water, the Ministry of Hydraulics has launched a project to strengthen the drinking water supply system with the aim of meeting the demand for water by 2045 and ensuring the sustainable security of this system in the city of Bouaké. Project for which PFO has signed a financing, design and implementation contract with the Ivorian authorities.
PFO then signed a sub-contracting contract with Veolia for the following missions:
- the design, supply, assembly and commissioning of all the equipment for the 2,500 m³/h treatment plant, the raw water pumping station and the water intake.
- rehabilitation of the existing plant
- general project management
Full commissioning of the facilities is scheduled for April 2022.
This new project strengthens the partnership between Veolia and PFO which began in 2018 with the launch of the construction of the La Mé River drinking water plant, with a capacity of 240,000 m³ per day that will supply the Abidjan agglomeration with drinking water.
Veolia Côte d’Ivoire is also providing technical expertise to PFO Africa Côte d'Ivoire on the rehabilitation of the former Akouédo landfill in Abidjan with a capacity of approximately 1,200,000 metric tons per year of raw household and industrial waste.