Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, has a rapidly growing population. The principal water infrastructure for the city was built in the 1970s, and is not only aged and dilapidated, but also cannot meet the growing demand for clean, potable water. Hargeisa’s limited water availability is a critical shortcoming in essential service delivery, and seriously impedes the right to water access and local economic development.
A 2008 EU-funded study recommended a range of interventions to rehabilitate and replace Hargeisa’s water supply infrastructure. In 2012, the European Union awarded a grant of 15 million EUR from the European Development Fund to undertake the most critical work. The Hargeisa Urban Water Supply Upgrading Project (HUWSUP) is implemented by UN-Habitat (which also provided 1.5 million EUR of co-financing), and is in partnership with the Hargeisa Water Agency and the Somaliland Ministry of Mining, Energy and Water Resources.
HUWSUP is a 42-month programme of construction and capacity building. Beginning on 6 December 2012, the official groundbreaking will take place in October 2013, with the completion of infrastructure works by December 2015. Reporting and defects liability will take a final six months until July 2016.
HUWSUP will build a new pipeline, and rehabilitate and improve pumping and booster capabilities. In addition, HUWSUP will rehabilitate old or degraded boreholes, and drill new production and exploratory boreholes so as to further develop Hargeisa’s principal wellfield, and expand the availability of sustainable water sources.
HUWSUP will replace the current twin-transmission main that runs from the principal wellfield at Geed Deeble to Hargeisa with a high-capacity, single pipeline. This action will dramatically increase the capacity of Hargeisa’s system of supply from the current average of 9 million litres to a maximum capacity of 20 million litres a day: a 122 percent increase.
Upgrading the pumping and booster facilities will put in place up-to-date and cost-efficient technology, further securing the system for the long term.
By redrilling and refurbishing existing boreholes, and developing new ones, HUWSUP will increase the water supply by a minimum of 3.5 million litres every day, bringing Hargeisa closer to international minimum standards for urban water consumption. This water will be safe and affordable, improving the lives of Hargeisa residents.
Undertaken in partnership with the Hargeisa Water Agency, HUWSUP will contribute to enhanced capacities in the fields of planning, management and delivery of capital works; and will support the Agency to further develop and fund improvements to the water supply system.