African Development Bank grants Rs 14 million to Mauritius for dam projects
The AfDB funds will cover hiring of experts for the design and construction of the ‘Rivière des Anguilles’ dam and ‘La Ferme’ dam, helping to enhance the capacity to capture and store rainwater to mitigate scarcity during seasonal droughts. (Image: Alexandra Lindberg)
In an attempt to enhance the capacity to capture and store rainwater to mitigate scarcity during seasonal droughts, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has granted Rs 14 million to Mauritius to support its water-management projects.
According to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s office yesterday July 24, 2014, in Port-Louis the AfDB funds will help hire experts for the design and construction of the ‘Rivière des Anguilles’ dam and ‘La Ferme’ dam.
The grant is issued for the purposes of enhancing the technical capacity of the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities in water management by providing independent experts in dam planning, design and implementation.
The project comprises two components. The first component relates to the establishment of an independent panel of experts, namely an Engineering Geology Expert, a Dam Design and Construction Expert, a Hydrologist Expert and an Environmental and Social Safeguard Expert with international standing.
The services of the panel of experts will be more particularly involved in the design and construction of the Rivière des Anguilles Dam and La Ferme Dam.
The second component is Project management which relates to the expenditures during the implementation of the project.
The dam safety analysis of ‘La Ferme’ dam that was carried out in 1999 had recommended its rehabilitation in an attempt to enhance its structural and hydraulic stability together with its raising to increase the storage capacity.
The rehabilitation of ‘La Ferme’ dam comprises raising the dam to increase its storage capacity, repairs to the masonry dam including raising of spillway, complete rehabilitation of the irrigation outlet, and relocation of squatters that have settled near the reservoir.
Furthermore, it will see the replacement of all hydro-mechanical equipment with new ones, construction of approximately 1.4 km of fencing with gate downstream the reservoir and fencing infrastructure for the whole reservoir boundary.
On the other hand, the present water supply system in the South of Mauritius which has for long been a major problem, where in certain periods, notably July and August, it is not capable of satisfying actual demand, will be resolved with the implementation of the ‘Rivière des Anguilles’ dam project.
Thus, with the implementation of the project, people living in the South will no longer suffer water service interruption and furthermore, will no longer have to reach water sufficiency on the back of river and groundwater abstraction.