Communal Water and Sanitation Services (CWSS) - Phase I


  • Masterplanning
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Sanitation
  • Water Supply


Dorsch International Consultants


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH


From 2011 to 2012

Project Activities

The main objective was to produce detailed assessments of the existing infrastructure, which allowed the determination of the major bottlenecks and the development and implementation of improvement strategies which included amongst others:

  • Rehabilitation of access roads
  • Rehabilitation of a water treatment plant
  • Rehabilitation of raw water intakes (electrical and mechanical works)
  • Rehabilitation of water and wastewater pumping stations (electrical and mechanical works)
  • Rehabilitation of transmission pipelines
  • Rehabilitation of reservoirs
  • Rehabilitation of water network
  • Construction of a main sewer trunk line
  • Construction of a new solid waste dumpsite
  • Implementation of an independent water scheme consisting of raw water intake pontoon, pumping station, mobile treatment plant and water kiosk system for high density areas


Dorsch International Consultants GmbH

München (Headquarters)
Landsberger Str. 368
80687 München

Phone: +49 89 5797-0
Fax: +49 89 5797-800
E-Mail: info@dorsch.de

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