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SAMOA: EIB agrees water scheme rehabilitation funding (23/11/10)

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the government of Samoa have formally agreed to support the rehabilitation and upgrade of independent water schemes in the Pacific island state under an €250,000 ($339,800) technical assistance programme.

The project will ensure community participation and improve drinking water quality and climate resilience across 35 projects to supply water to 20% of the island’s 190,000 inhabitants.

Support will be provided under the EIB’s dedicated Africa, Caribbean and Pacific water project preparation facility, which is co-financed with the European Union.

The project will provide technical assistance for communities involved in ten chosen independent water schemes to improve delivery of safe and reliable drinking water and ensure sustainable maintenance of the gravity-fed schemes. 

Technical expertise will also be brought in to design a future investment project that will be developed to be co-financed by the government and interested donors.

Plutarchos Sakellaris, EIB vice president responsible for the Pacific, said: ‘The European Investment Bank is committed to achieve Millennium Development Goals for increased access to safe and reliable water supplies in small island states across the Pacific. Sustainable and climate resistant water schemes are crucial for health and economic development in regions already facing the challenge of a changing climate.’
Lis Stedman