31467-013: Provincial Towns Water Supply and Sanitation

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Details


While the overall goal is to promote human and economic development in selected provincial towns by improving public health and quality of life, the project has the following two primary objectives: (i) improvement of social indicators for the overall population and in particular the poor communities of selected provincial towns and (ii) governance improvement of the Water Supply and Sanitation sector. The direct project objectives of the proposed Project are the following: (i) Coverage increase and quality improvement in the delivery of basic water and sanitation services; (ii) Poverty reduction and health improvement for poor households and other urban residents through low-cost sanitation, community awareness and health education programs; (iii) Improvement in the management of the water supply and sanitation sector. The Project will include the following components: (i) Provision of water supply and sewerage to six provincial towns: (a) provision of new and/or extension of safe water supply services to the three provincial towns of Kerama, Mendi and Wabag; and (b) provision and/or rehabilitation of sewerage services to improve environmental conditions in the three provincial towns of Alotau, Madang and Mt. Hagen: (ii) Low-cost Sanitation and Community Awareness - Health Education (LCS-CAHE) program for five provincial towns: with two sub-components on: (a) provision of low-cost and on-site sanitation solutions to the problem of inadequate sanitation for the urban poor and other residents and (b) provision of awareness and health education programs to improve communities' knowledge on water, health and sanitation issues: (iii) Sector policy support and capacity building of the Waterboard through: (a) policy reform support to establish clearer sector planning and regulatory responsibility as well as funding provisions; and (b) Capacity Building of the Waterboard to improve management capacities for higher efficiency, better operations and maintenance and adequate environmental management of its own operations.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Prevailing environmental conditions in provincial towns have significant adverse impacts on peoples' health and quality of life with negative impacts on their human and economic development. Improving basic urban services, particularly water supply and sanitation, is directly linked to the goal of improving public health and overall social indicators. Large sections of urban society suffer from service inadequacies and unsanitary conditions, with the poor suffering disproportionately more. Urban water supply and sewerage coverage is about 43% and 20% respectively. Communities in these towns acknowledge water as being their number one priority, with lack of water during the dry season being a very serious and universal problem. Sanitation is generally inadequate and where sewerage systems exist, they mostly serve the developed sections of towns and for many communities on the urban finges, open-air defecation is the common available option.

Safeguard Categories

Environment: B
Involuntary Resettlement:
Indigenous Peoples:

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

The project is to have long-lasting and significant improvements in personal and community health, and will address one of the greatest felt needs of the poor, i.e., reliable access to safe water and sanitation services. Similarly, the project will result in significant, widespread and long-lasting environmental improvements.

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Project Data Sheets (PDS)


15 May 2000 to 05 Jun 2000

Management Review Meeting
26 Jun 2000

Board Approval
14 Dec 2000