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EU grants Togo 5 billion CFA francs for potable water and sanitation

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Friday, 11 March 2011

EU grants Togo 5 billion CFA francs for potable water and sanitation

The European Union (EU) has granted Togo 7.5 million euros (about 5 billion CFA francs) for projects aimed at improving access to potable water and sanitation, according to a communiqué from the EU Delegation in Lomé on Saturday. It said the grant was part of the ACP-EU Facility for Water facility financed from the European Development Fund. The projects involve basic infrastructures in water supply and sanitation and the promotion of hygiene for the most vulnerable and needy populations residing in rural and peri-urban regions. It is to be achieved by promoting the use of simple appropriate technologies and by improvement in the sectors of health, education and socio-economic development. The objective of the EU, through these projects, is to help Togo to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on access to water and sanitation by 2015. This would reduce by half the percentage of the population that does not have access to potable water or basic sanitation services. According to official figures 61 per cent of Togolese did not have access to potable water in 2009. The statistics also show that 70 per cent of people living in rural areas did not also have access to potable water whereas in urban areas the rate of access is 39 per cent with only five per cent of households processing the water they drink. Besides, 69 per cent of Togolese in the urban areas do not have access to toilets as against 90 per cent in rural areas.

Source: Africa Manager