La Mé drinking water treatment plant in Côte d’Ivoire to come online

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La Mé drinking water treatment plant in Côte d’Ivoire to come online

The La Mé drinking water treatment plant in Côte d’Ivoire is set to come online. Ivorian Minister of Hydraulics, Laurent Tchagba made the announcement and said the plant will be open for use in July.

The plant which is West Africa’s largest drinking water treatment plants, is located on the road to Grand Alépé, a village 40 kilometres north of Abidjan and sits on an 8-hectare site. It was designed and supervised by Veolia who worked hand in hand with PFO Africa on the implementation.

Since 2018, BESIX has been in charge of earthmoving and special foundations, the entire civil engineering, roadworks and various networks at the plant itself and at the water intakes. Funding of the project came from the West African Development Bank (BOAD).

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Drinking water needs

It has a planned capacity of 240,000 m3 per day. The treated water in this facility will be pumped from the nearby La Mé River. The treated drinking water will be transported via a 1,400-diameter pipeline over a length of 28 km to two water towers of 5,000 m³ each from where it will be delivered to consumers.

This project will directly meet the drinking water needs of several councils in the north of Abidjan, the capital city of the West African country, including Cocody, Abobo, and Yopougon, as well as in the east.

Moreover, the plant will also allow more sustainable management of the aquifer around the city preventing both the depletion and pollution of groundwater resources, improving the living conditions of its occupants thereby.