Water for Haiti
Since the January 12, 2010 earthquake to the recent cholera outbreak, the IDB and the Government of Spain have joined efforts to help the country overcome these crisis.
In an effort to help Haiti overcome the crisis caused by the earthquake of January 12, 2010, the Government of Spain, through the Spanish Cooperation Fund for Water and Sanitation (FECASALC) managed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), offered an emergency grant of US$5 million to the National Bureau of Water and Sanitation of Haiti (DINEPA). DINEPA used those funds to purchase granulated chlorine, to provide chlorinated water transported by cistern trucks, to purchase water purification tablets, and to purchase provisional (rubber) water tanks. It is estimated that this aid allowed DINEPA serve almost one million people. Watch the video
Both the infrastructure and the water service in Port-au-Prince collapsed in the earthquake. Since CAMEP, the local water company of Port-au-Prince, was hard hit, DINEPA took over coordination of activities. With support from the Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development (AECID) and the IDB, DINEPA began a technical assessment of the network and service delivery. Watch the video
Grants of US$35 million from FECASALC and US$15 million from the IDB will enable Haiti to restore and expand water and sanitation services in Port-au-Prince. These funds will be used to finance priority investments in the network, to repair infrastructure that was damaged in the earthquake, to repair pumping stations and generator rooms, and to expand the water supply and sewerage networks.
A second component will fund technical and operational assistance for the public company providing water and sanitation services in Port-au-Prince. The purpose of the contract is to help the public operator efficiently manage, repair, and expand water and sanitation networks over the next three years. As technical and operational advisor, the selected company will not only help the public operator handle the emergency in the short-term, but, more importantly, the contract will provide training and technical recommendations to improve the efficiency and sustainability of government management of these services in the city. The contract does not provide for any transfer of assets or any delegation of authority.
After the cholera outbreak in November of 2010, the Government of Spain continued to support DINEPA with grant financing through the FECASALC, which facilitated the purchase of 9.5 million water purification tablets and soap. These funds enabled DINEPA to conduct an awareness campaign in tandem with the Ministry of Health (leading the cholera response) and WHO/PAHO, and to install stations for hand washing and the distribution of soap and water purification tablets, in coordination with NGOs.
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