Grant Will Expand and Improve Drinking Water Services in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti


The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced the approval of a US$35.5 million grant for a program to expand and improve drinking water services in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.

Dusk in Port au Prince, Haiti: Photograph by Jay GrahamDusk in Port au Prince, Haiti: Photograph by Jay Graham
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced the approval of a US$35.5 million grant for a program to expand and improve drinking water services in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.

The grant will support the second phase of a program launched in 2010 with support from the IDB and the Spanish Fund for Cooperation in Water and Sanitation in Latin American and the Caribbean (FECASALC). At present, about 70 percent of the 3 million people in the metropolitan region consume water provided by CTE-RMPP, the capital area’s utility.

Improving quality of water in HaitiImproving quality of water in HaitiThe program will be carried out by Haiti’s national water and sanitation agency, DINEPA, and CTE-RMPP. Both agencies receive capacity building support from the IDB and FECASALC.

As part of the program, a team of seasoned executives from international water companies was hired to advise CTE-RMPP staff on how to improve the utility’s technical, financial and commercial operations. They also helped plan activities to repair damage caused by the 2010 earthquake and to respond to the cholera epidemic.

During the first phase of the program CTE-RMPP has doubled the time during which it distributes water, from an average 13 hours to 26 hours a week. It has also increased the production of water and improved chlorination and bacteriological tests. The utility has also boosted billing and collection.

Goals for the second phase include further reducing losses caused by leaks, clandestine connections and unpaid bills, as well as to improving revenue in order to cover operational expenses. CTE-RMPP will also start implementing a master plan of investments to expand coverage and improve the quality of service.

The IDB and the Spanish government (through FECASALC) are Haiti’s leading donors for water and sanitation. At present they are financing projects totaling US$180 million to improve water services in Port-au-Prince, several mid-size cities and numerous rural communities.


Water and Sanitation Initiative

"At the Inter-American Development Bank we are convinced that countries in Latin America and the Caribbean can close the coverage gap in water and sanitation services in the near future.

"To reach that goal, the Water and Sanitation Initiative offers a new set of tools and flexible financing. Launched in 2007, the initiative has developed strategic guidelines, specific targets and special financial products to support solutions tailored to each country’s needs.

"Between 2007 and 2011 the initiative has emphasized four programs: 100 Cities Program, Water for 3,000 Rural Communities, Water Defenders and Efficient and Transparent Utilities. Watch the video (only available in spanish)." 




This article presented as part of the Supplementary Material that accompanies the book “Water and Sanitation Related Diseases and the Environment: Challenges, Interventions, and Preventive Measures,” a Wiley-Blackwell collaboration with Horizon International, written by 59 experts.  

The book’s 4 hours of accompanying multimedia DVDs for classrooms, communities, organizations and institutions are included in a large collection of interdisciplinary social science, environment and global health materials being offered free to university libraries, institutions and organizations in 138 countries. This is an initiative of The Global Development And Environment Institute (GDAE) at Tufts University, co-directed by Dr. Neva Goodwin.

These resources have already been distributed to 53 countries. You can read about this initiative on the Horizon International Solutions Site in the article, Free Scholarly Journal Articles and Global Health DVDs Offered to University Libraries, Institutions and Organizations in 138 Countries, written by Dr. Goodwin.






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