Resource Efficiency Programme for the Seychelles Water Sector
Alleviating water shortages in the Seychelles, through the implementation of energy efficiency, water demand management and drought risk mitigation programmes
The Resource Efficiency Programme in the Seychelles is financed under the Cotonou agreement. The Promoter utilises non-repayable aid granted by the European Commission in support of EIB investment activities in the African Caribbean and Pacific countries, assisting the Promoter during different stages of the project cycle.” It is part of a wider water and sanitation programme called “Project Neptune” that is jointly funded by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the French development agency. Project Neptune is aimed at alleviating water shortages in the Seychelles through renewal and expansion of water supply on the three main islands of Mahe, Praslin and la Digue, to reduce water loss, improve energy efficiency, and improve environmental and natural disaster risk management, ahead of an increasingly uncertain climate and less predictable rainfall patterns.
The programme involves the identification and implementation of energy efficiency measures, a water demand management programme, a national campaign on water security and resilience, water resources planning, hydro meteorological equipment installation, model development, drought risk mitigation as well as policy, institutional and capacity development.
Within the Resource Efficiency Programme, MWH will provide consultancy services for energy efficiency, water demand management and drought risk mitigation programs. The team will assist the Public Utility Corporation (PUC) to reach its long-term efficiency objectives and to sustain water supply on the three main islands. This program will also support the PUC to build relevant capacity for comprehensive and integrated water resource management (IWRM).
La Digue, Seychelles
storage reservoirs on the island of Mahe
water pumping stations
kilometres of raw water pipelines
kilometres of treated water pipelines
Within the project, MWH provides design, implementation and supervision of the Energy Efficiency programme, the Water Demand Management programme and the Drought Risk mitigation programme.
The EE programme is an energy audit of the water and wastewater system (excluding desalination plants), the elaboration of measures and equipment for the reduction in energy consumption according to priority and economic efficiency.
The WDM programme is the design of a programme to manage water demand and to reduce potable water wastage to achieve long-term sustainability of water supply, the elaboration of measures for awareness campaigns and promotional schemes for water saving devices and rainwater harvesting equipment.
The DRM programme is based on the assessment of existing water resources and its municipal and agriculture uses, drought risk, vulnerability, hazard, intensity and severity, inspection and assessment of potential development of additional surface water resources.
A national campaign has been developed on the theme ‘the true value of water’. This is a national and an internationally important issue, relates to water security, the importance of the water-energy-food nexus and the impacts of climate change.
- Only 15% of Mahe’s sanitation capabilities are currently accomplished through traditional western style sewerage and waste water treatment schemes. 15%
- 85% of Mahe’s largely residential requirements are served by poorly functioning soak pits. 85%