Limited potable water supplies, poor access to hygiene and unsanitary living conditions present serious health hazards in urban areas of South Sudan, especially resettlement areas where the poorest and most vulnerable populations live.
To combat the potential outbreak of cholera and other water-borne illnesses, the Urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Program was launched by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2007 as part of its comprehensive Sudan Infrastructure Services Project. WSP implemented the program in partnership with USAID, providing quick-impact and long-term solutions that addressed immediate needs while building local capacity to implement and sustain water supply and sanitation infrastructure improvements.
Program achievements included:
- Implementing a quick impact program involving construction of community water systems, hygiene and sanitation education, borehole repairs and tanker truck water treatment along the Nile River.
- Design and construction of two water supply pipelines, a booster station, public latrine and ablution facilities, and about 150 household latrines for 3,000 people in Juba.
- Design and construction management of eight truck refilling stations to deliver treated city water throughout Juba, collecting revenue to upgrade the city’s water system.
- Design and construction management of the Wau Water Treatment Plant, including operations and maintenance training.
- Rehabilitating the water treatment plant in Malakal.