Access to drinking water and wastewater services for the commune of Bangangté

In Cameroon, most of the drinking water systems built ​​in the 1980s by the State are no longer running, due to neglect and the lack of skilled persons to service them. With the backing of Enfants du Ndé, a Paris nonprofit organization of the Cameroon diaspora, the Modeab* program has been launched in the country's Western Province in the commune of Bangangté (population 150,000 in 11 villages) to set up local contractorship for water and wastewater services. The ultimate aim is to replicate it across Cameroon.

It all began in Bangoua, one of the villages in the commune of Bangangté. In 2006, Enfants du Ndé asked the Veolia Foundation to be its main partner in a project to rehabilitate the drinking water system, as technical expert and co-funder. Other international outreach backers (water agency, water board, communes) also joined in. After four years of continuous work, alongside the local authorities, four water towers of the village have been rehabilitated and the water supply service renovated. In addition to the drinking water facilities, a sanitary block (toilets, showers, wash-houses) has been built in a market attracting 5000 people weekly. A management committee handles the water tapping and distribution. In terms of public health, water related diseases have dropped by 41%.

Setting up a local contracting authority for water and wastewater services

Buoyed by these successes, the Bangangté town hall asked the Veolia Foundation to repeat this operation for all the villages of the commune of Bangangté, where the water infrastructures are either damaged or out of order. In each village, this means reconditioning the facilities and providing technical, accounting and financial counseling to the management committees. Seven drinking water networks have been rehabilitated (20 boreholes, 12 water towers and 200 standpipes) and 15 sanitary blocks built. To maintain the quality of the water supplied, analyses have been performed frequently and studies conducted to assess the risk of pollution of the springs. Pricing for the water service will be determined in accordance with the national strategy. To create a permanent maintenance and upkeep system, local repairmen will be trained and the management structures reinforced. The project also includes an educational side, as the local population will learn about hygiene and how to maintain the sanitary blocks.

The estimated budget of € 1,300,000 is shared among several partners, including the Association internationale des maires francophones (AIMF), the commune of Bangangté, Agence de l'eau Seine Normandie (AESN), Syndicat Interdépartemental pour l'assainissement de l'agglomération parisienne (SIAAP) and the Veolia Foundation (which is granting € 350,000 over three years, including € 50,000 allocated to volunteering skills).

This program aims to be exemplary for the whole of Cameroon: it currently benefits 11 villages among the 350 spread across Cameroon, which also have inoperative water infrastructures.

Besides, the political context is favorable, because the growing decentralization process in Cameroon is involving more communes in water management and wastewater services.

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All the stakeholders are working today in synergy with one another to guarantee lasting and optimal management of the infrastructures.

The wastewater treatment part of the project, which called for building fifteen ecological latrines, five in the markets and ten in the schools, with the installation of a sustainable management system, is completed today. The latrines have also helped create a fertilization system using sanitized urine. The people have gradually agreed to use this "human fertilizer" to obtain luxuriant harvests, and three spreading campaigns have already been carried out since inception. The striking success of the program has led the French Embassy and -the Cameroon Forein Ministry to subsidize an extension designed to supply water to the villages of Bangoua and Bandiangseu.

The United Nations Public Service Excellent Award 2014

Category: Improving the provision of services in Africa

Winner for the permanence of the management systems and infrastructures set up

The national FEICOM prize for the best practices in local development 2012

Category: Hygiene and Health

First prize for the installation of ecological latrines in the schools and markets

Portrait of Célestine Ketcha-Courtès
Article published in Elle magazine (September 12, 2014)
MODEAB

Sustainable Management of Water and Sanitation in the District of Bangangté, Cameroon.

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Les Enfants de Ndé
Domain : Humanitaire et Développement
Country : Cameroun
Endowment : 09/04/2013

Supporting the municipality of Bangangté to install a fecal sludge management service and constuct a sludge treatment plant upgrading the by-products.

Les enfants du Ndé
Domain : Humanitaire et Développement
Country : Cameroun
Endowment : 04/07/2006

Rehabilitation of a water supply network for the town of Bangoua and educating inhabitants about water management.

  • Press
    Portrait of Célestine Ketcha-Courtès
    Article published in Elle magazine (September 12, 2014)
  • Publications
    MODEAB

    Sustainable Management of Water and Sanitation in the District of Bangangté, Cameroon.

    Download the leaflet
  • Other projects supported
    Les Enfants de Ndé
    Domain : Humanitaire et Développement
    Country : Cameroun
    Endowment : 09/04/2013

    Supporting the municipality of Bangangté to install a fecal sludge management service and constuct a sludge treatment plant upgrading the by-products.

    Les enfants du Ndé
    Domain : Humanitaire et Développement
    Country : Cameroun
    Endowment : 04/07/2006

    Rehabilitation of a water supply network for the town of Bangoua and educating inhabitants about water management.