Fiji : Urban Water Supply and Wastewater Management Investment Program

Sovereign Project | 49001-002

The impact of the proposed investment program will ensure future growth in the greater Suva area (GSA) is sustainable and will improve public health. The outcome will be improved access to sustainable water supply and sewerage services in the GSA. The investment program has three outputs:

Output 1: Supply and access to safe water in the GSA improved. The investment will expand water supply by 40,000 m3 per day by constructing a new supply intake on the Rewa river with associated water treatment plant, pumping station, reservoir, and transmission main to connect to the existing system. Reliable and sustainable long term operations and maintenance practices will be enhanced through a Design-Build-Operate (DBO) contracting arrangement.

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Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Narayan, Vijay
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Fiji
  • Modality
  • Sector
    • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
Project Name
Urban Water Supply and Wastewater Management Investment Program
Project Number
49001-002
Country / Economy
  • Fiji
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Grant
  • Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Urban Water Supply and Wastewater Management Investment Program
Source Amount
Green Climate Fund US$ 31.04 million
MFF Facility Concept 0097-FIJ: Urban Water Supply and Wastewater Management Investment Program
Source Amount
Ordinary capital resources US$ 153.20 million
Loan: Urban Water Supply and Wastewater Management Investment Program
Source Amount
European Investment Bank US$ 70.80 million
Strategic Agendas
  • Environmentally sustainable growth
  • Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
  • Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
  • Governance and capacity development
  • Knowledge solutions
  • Partnerships
  • Private sector development
Sector / Subsector
  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban sewerage - Urban water supply

Gender
Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

The impact of the proposed investment program will ensure future growth in the greater Suva area (GSA) is sustainable and will improve public health. The outcome will be improved access to sustainable water supply and sewerage services in the GSA. The investment program has three outputs:

Output 1: Supply and access to safe water in the GSA improved. The investment will expand water supply by 40,000 m3 per day by constructing a new supply intake on the Rewa river with associated water treatment plant, pumping station, reservoir, and transmission main to connect to the existing system. Reliable and sustainable long term operations and maintenance practices will be enhanced through a Design-Build-Operate (DBO) contracting arrangement.

Output 2: Wastewater treatment (WWT) and management capacity in the GSA increased. The wastewater network will be rehabilitated and expanded by: (i) upgrading 31 existing wastewater pumping stations; (ii) upgrading about 18 km of wastewater trunk mains to increase carrying capacity; (iii) relining 13 km of wastewater trunk mains; and (iv) extending the wastewater network to service an additional 15% of households (approximately 4,500 existing lots in backlog areas) currently using septic tanks.

Output 3: WAF management and sustainable service delivery capacity improved. Program management and capacity development support will be provided.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Fiji has a population of approximately 868,000, of which 53% is urban. By 2030, it is estimated that two in three Fijians will be living in the country's urban centres. While poverty rates in Fiji are highest in rural areas, the rapid growth of peri-urban squatter settlements implies that the majority of poor people in Fiji now live in and around urban areas. Fiji's urban sector accounts for 60% of the country's gross domestic product, with the share of the GSA estimated at 40%. The GSA, which consists of Suva City the national capital as well as the towns of Lami, Nasinu, and Nausori and their surrounding peri-urban areas, accounts for 57% of Fiji's urban population. By 2023, the population of the GSA is expected to grow by 12.8%.

Despite the economic importance of the country's cities and towns, investment in urban water supply and sewerage services has not kept pace with the demands of rapid urban growth. In the GSA, WAF's treated water production capacity is insufficient to meet customer demands and there is strong dependence on a single river source that is increasingly vulnerable to drought. To assimilate the forecast population growth, a significant increase in water supply production capacity is required in combination with measures to curb relatively high customer demands and reduce system leakages. Diversification of raw water sources and catchment protection are strategies to improve water security and mitigate the impacts of future climate change. Currently, 36% of urban households are connected to the sewerage system. The Kinoya wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) is under capacity and under-performs in terms of environmental compliance. In the unsewered areas, 60% of households in the GSA currently use on-site sanitation systems (e.g. septic tanks). Due to prevailing shallow soil depths, high rainfall and lack of routine maintenance, overflows from septic tanks are a common occurrence which contributes to pollution to receiving waters and public health risks. The current extent of sewerage services coverage and limited wastewater treatment capacity are major constraints to further growth and urban development. The investments to be financed by the program are aligned to the National Development Plan 2016-2033 (medium-term water supply and sanitation sector development plan 2016-2021), WAF GSA Water and Wastewater Master Plan 2013-2033 and the WAF 2016 corporate plan (draft).

Fiji's National Development Plan 2016-2033 is aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals, and has prioritized the improvement of water and sanitation services in Fiji's as a core pillar for inclusive economic development and growth. The government's strategy is to ensure the provision of safe drinking water and basic sanitation to every household in Fiji. In addition the National Development Plan acknowledges increased population growth, water consumption and climate change impacts as an impediment to efforts to achieving sustainable development.

Impact

The impact will be sustainable urban growth and improved public health in the greater Suva area.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Access to sustainable water supply and sewerage services in GSA improved

Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Supply and access to safe water in the GSA improved

Wastewater treatment and management capacity in the GSA increased

WAF management and sustainable service delivery capacity improved

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Nation-wide

Safeguard Categories

Environment
B
Involuntary Resettlement
B
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

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Narayan, Vijay
Responsible ADB Department
Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division
Pacific Subregional Office in Suva, Fiji (SPSO)

Timetable

Concept Clearance
01 Mar 2016
Fact Finding
25 Jul 2016 to 29 Jul 2016
MRM
15 Sep 2016
Approval
09 Dec 2016
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
08 Nov 2018

Funding

MFF Facility Concept 0097-FIJ

Financing Plan
  Total (Amount in US$ million)
Project Cost 153.20
ADB 153.20
Counterpart 0.00
Cofinancing 0.00
Loan Utilization
  Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards - 0.00 0.00 %
Cumulative Disbursements - 0.00 0.00 %

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Tenders

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Contracts Awarded

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Procurement Plan

Title Document Type Document Date
Urban Water Supply and Wastewater Management Investment Program: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Aug 2016