Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

Hope to overcome water shortages in Addis

The Addis Ababa Water and Sewerage Authority (AAWSA) is scheduled to inaugurate the Akaki deep well project today, Sunday March 11.
The Akaki deep well project that has a capacity of providing 73 thousand cubic meters of water per day has consumed 500 million birr.
According to Birhanu Gessesse, Communication Officer of AAWSA, currently the city provides 301 thousand cubic meters of water per day satisfying about 73 percent of the city’s demand. “With the inauguration of the Akaki deep well project we hope we will satisfy 93 percent of the city’s demand that has been growing rapidly in the last couple of years,” Birhanu said.  
Currently there is a shortage of water across the city and due to this rationing of water seems the order of the day. In recent days following the damages on the major line from Legedadi reservoir to the centre, the water shortage in Yeka and Arada sub cities was acutely felt.
In a recent interview Capital conducted with the Golden Trade Company Partner and International Operation Head Michael Mathieson, the latter suggested a different option to avoid such occurrences. “Creating a water containment reservoir everywhere, in villages, and sub and large cities help avoid this kind of problems,” he proposed. Michael who has been working in Ethiopia for the last eight years said, “one serious problem in Addis Ababa is that we are wasting the water we have. There is no need to have one big reservoir and stretch a long pipe across the city. We are trying to use our expertise and technology to create a water containment reservoir everywhere, in villages, and large and sub cities. The water containment reservoir can be used for drinking water as well as agricultural water,” he said.
Capital learnt that AAWSA has a plan to construct 46 deep well projects around Akaki area with the funding agreement of the Export and Import (Exim) Bank of China and the World Bank. The 46 deep wells are expected to provide 140 thousand cubic meters of water per day. When this project is realized the water coverage in Addis Ababa will reach 100 percent. The first and the second parts of the Akaki deep well projects was completed in three years.
As Addis Ababa and its surrounding cities are growing rapidly, demand for potable water increased which pushed AAWSA to look for more water. For this purpose, the office has a plan to construct Gerbi, a water project around Sululta area in the coming three to five years. Currently AAWSA wants to have a new study and design for Gerbi as a water supply component.