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Marshall Islands: Ebeye Water and Sanitation Project (Additional Financing)

Sovereign (Public) Project | 46346-003 Status: Proposed

The additional financing will: (i) further strengthen KAJUR's financial and technical capacity to sustainable deliver water supply and sewerage services on Ebeye; and (ii) sustain the improved water supply and sanitation services and enhanced hygiene awareness and behaviors on Ebeye which are critical to eliminate the transmission of COVID-19 and other waterborne and transmissible diseases. The project sustainability will be improved which is in line with the lessons learnt for the Pacific Department in the Independent Evaluation Department's Annual Evaluation Report of 2019. The project's target impacts will remain unchanged and outputs will be strengthened.

Project Details

Project Officer
Blaik, Stephen Pacific Department Request for information
Country
  • Marshall Islands
Sector
  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
 
Project Name Ebeye Water and Sanitation Project (Additional Financing)
Project Number 46346-003
Country Marshall Islands
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Ebeye Water and Sanitation Project (additional financing)
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 3.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The additional financing will: (i) further strengthen KAJUR's financial and technical capacity to sustainable deliver water supply and sewerage services on Ebeye; and (ii) sustain the improved water supply and sanitation services and enhanced hygiene awareness and behaviors on Ebeye which are critical to eliminate the transmission of COVID-19 and other waterborne and transmissible diseases. The project sustainability will be improved which is in line with the lessons learnt for the Pacific Department in the Independent Evaluation Department's Annual Evaluation Report of 2019. The project's target impacts will remain unchanged and outputs will be strengthened.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

On 28 September 2015, the Board of Directors approved a grant from the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Special Fund resources in the amount of $5.00 million and the administration of Government of Australia grant in the amount of $4.00 million for the Ebeye Water Supply and Sanitation Project (EWSSP). The Government of Marshall Islands is providing $10.02 million equivalent in counterpart funds comprising a cash contribution of $8.16 million and, exemption of taxes and duties amounting $1.86 million. The project executive agency is the Office of the Chief Secretary, and the implementing agency is Kwajalein Joint Utility Resources, Inc. (KAJUR). The project was declared effective on 3 December 2015 and scheduled to close on 30 June 2022.

An assessment of the current project implementation status and achievements demonstrates solid progress. Over the past 4 years, the project has increased Ebeye's capacity to produce freshwater from 249 cubic meters per day (m3/day) to 1,660 m3/day increasing the availability of water from 26 liters per person per day to 180 liters per person per day, expanded the island's freshwater, saltwater and sewerage networks by 8.5 kilometers (km), rehabilitated the existing water supply and sewerage networks by 2.6 km, and installed new sewage treatment facilities (1,400 m3/day) and a constructed a new sewage outfall of 0.6 km. A contract to upgrade Ebeye's electrical distribution system (replacement of switchgear and power poles) is ongoing and is scheduled to be completed in August 2020 but may be delayed due to COVID-19 impacts including restrictions on the movement of contractor personnel and disruptions to equipment and materials supply chains. Issues with electricity generation on Ebeye (outside of the project scope) have also impact on the achievement of electricity supply security targets but are being addressed by other donors.

There is also measurable progress towards delivering the project's target impact and outcomes. The average monthly number of cases of diarrhea reported by the Ebeye Hospital has declined by almost 20% since following the implementation of the project's hygiene awareness and education program and the commissioning of the new desalination plant (provided by the project through a design-build-operate contract). All 1,465 household on Ebeye now have access to freshwater, saltwater, and sewerage networks service.

However, further assistance is required to build the financial and technical capacity of KAJUR (the project implementing agency). In fiscal year (FY) 2018, KAJUR recorded an operational loss of $3.57 million and is reliant on equity injections from GORMI to remain operational. KAJUR has developed a new water and sewerage tariff framework to apply to all water and sewerage services and targeting recovery of water and sewerage operations and maintenance costs. The tariff framework was considered by KAJUR's Board of Directors in October 2019 and is scheduled to apply from 1 October 2020 PENDING ratification by new KAJUR's Board of Directors (appointed in February 2020). While KAJUR has consulted with the Ebeye community on the introduction of universal water and sewer tariffs, further consultations are required to ensure community acceptance of the proposed tariffs.

Further assistance is also required to build KAJUR's technical capacity to operate and maintain the new desalination plant. When the plant's design-build-operate (DBO) contract finishes in September 2020, KAJUR would not be able to take it over due to the low capacity. The existing DBO contract should be extended with an agreement of enhance skill transfer to KAJUR to operate and maintain the plant after the contact ends. KAJUR needs to optimize the operation of the water supply networks to ensure adequate water pressure for all households. The project impact (reduced incidence of waterborne disease) should continue with further community-wide hygiene awareness campaign activities to sustain improved hygiene behaviors, to prevent contact transmissible disease such as the coronavirus virus.

Impact The project impact will be reduced incidence of waterborne disease on Ebeye and is aligned with RMI's national development theme of empowering people and communities to reduce the incidence of _access- related_ poverty through improvements in all areas including social, economic, environment, governance, and infrastructure, as articulated in RMI's National Strategic Plan, 2020 2030.
Outcome Improved access to safe water and improved sanitation
Outputs

Freshwater supplies on Ebeye are safe and secure

Sewerage services on Ebeye are effective and efficient

Hygiene awareness has increased and hygiene behaviors have sustainably improved.

The electricity supply on Ebeye for water and sewerage operations has improved.

Financial and technical sustainability of KAJUR has improved

Geographical Location Nation-wide, Ebeye
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Blaik, Stephen
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PAUW
Executing Agencies
Office of the Chief Secretary
P. O. Box 15, Majuro
Republic of the Marshall Islands
MH 96960
Timetable
Concept Clearance 12 May 2020
Fact Finding 30 Jun 2020 to 30 Jun 2020
MRM 21 Jul 2020
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 13 May 2020

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