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The World Bank Visits the Water and Sanitation Infrastructure in Saaba, Burkina

On May 14th, 2024, the World Bank and Burkina Faso’s National Water and Sanitation Office (Onea) visited new water infrastructure in Saaba. The project includes a 2,000 m³ water tower and 200 standpipes, serving nearly 500,000 people. Built under the Water Supply and Sanitation Program (PAEA), it aims to improve living conditions and dignity for local households.



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The World Bank, along with the National Water and Sanitation Office (Onea), visited the water and sanitation infrastructure it is building in the rural commune of Saaba, Burkina Faso, on Tuesday, May 14th 2024. This involves a water tower with a capacity of 2,000 m3 and standpipes built as part of the Water Supply and Sanitation Program (PAEA).

The first infrastructure visited by the World Bank and Onea delegation is a water tower built on an area of ​​1.24 ha in the rural commune of Saaba

It has a capacity of 2,000 m3, a pumping station consisting of two pumps with a capacity of 540 m3 each to raise water towards the castle. According to details from Onea’s civil works engineer, Sylvie Zongo/Gomina, the castle serves as a gravity distribution of water for the populations.

The construction site is completely finished and is 100% operational. The castle supplies the districts of Saaba, Nioko 1, Tabtenga, Borogo and Gampèla. The first operating tests took place on July 14, 2002.

This infrastructure was built by the World Bank as part of the implementation of the Water and Sanitation Program (PAEA). Its commissioning made it possible to relieve the populations of the areas served. We are talking about nearly 500,000 people who are supplied from this castle. Also within the framework of the PAEA, to supply households which do not have Onea installations at home, 200 standpipes have been built. Each serves nearly 300 people daily. After the water tower, the delegation visited one of these standpipes.

The hydrant supplies 300 people per day

According to the head of the drinking water department of Onea in Ouagadougou, Dr Francis Kéré, this project is part of a vast program carried out by the government of Burkina Faso to improve the living conditions and dignity of households. He added that the construction of the water tower cost more than 2.3 billion CFA francs.

There are other initiatives of this type underway and they will come to fruition very quickly, especially since the World Bank has decided to extend the program. “We already thank the World Bank and the government for these efforts to the great happiness of the populations,” declared the head of the drinking water department at Onea.

At the end of this field visit, the World Bank delegation was visibly satisfied. Listening to the sectoral director of water and sanitation for the West Africa region at the World Bank, Fatouma Touré Ibrahima, this outing allowed us to see the infrastructure firsthand.

The joint efforts between the World Bank and the government of Burkina Faso are bearing fruit, and the results are palpable

“These are very important achievements and we look forward to continuing our collaboration.” Because the partnership between the World Bank and Burkina Faso is very strong,” she said, before adding that her institution is there to support the country of men of integrity in the execution of several projects including the PAEA. The PAEA, she declined, allows access to water and sanitation for populations, because water is life, sanitation is dignity.


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