Benin - Project for Water Loss Reduction and Performance Improvement of Drinking Water Supply Systems in Cotonou, Porto-Novo and their Suburbs

Project Summary

Approval Date 12 Oct 2015
Signature Date 16 Nov 2015
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 6,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The present initiative is an NTF-financed project. It is designed to complement the DWS system implementation and expansion projects financed by other donors. This project aims to reduce the level of water production losses (leakages, non-revenue water) from 26% in 2014 to 20% in 2020 so as to boost the viability and sustainability of services provided by the Benin National Water Corporation (SONEB) and provide rates that facilitate access to water services for low-income households. In addition, it will add value to water that hitherto was lost and make it available to consumers. By boosting water continuity and availability, the project will help to improve resilience to climate change and strengthen SONEB’s social mandate towards the people. The main expected outcomes are: (i) replacement of 40 000 customer meters and introduction of 2 500 remote reading meters, (ii) replacement of 2 300 linear metres (lm) of dilapidated pipes and establishment of leakage detection teams, (iii) setting up of a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), (iv) strengthening of monitoring and information systems, including the digitization of water systems and the introduction of a “smart” decision support system, and lastly (v) a tariff study to enhance inclusiveness and sustainability of services. The project implementation will span 4 years, and its total cost is estimated at UA 6.64 million.

Project Objectives

The aim of the project is to maximize drinking water supply services in Cotonou, Porto-Novo and their suburbs with a view to promoting inclusive and green growth. The specific objectives are to: (i) reduce non-revenue water (NRW) from 26% in 2014 to 20% in 2020 and help to improve SONEB’s operational and financial performance, and (ii) boost the viability and sustainability of services provided.


The main project beneficiaries are: (i) current and future SONEB customers and consumers in the project area, who will have more reliable, sustainable and affordable water supply services for all categories of the population; and (ii) SONEB, which will deliver its mandate toward the citizens more satisfactorily and improve its operational and financial performance, and the staff (247 in the project area, including 55 women) who will acquire enhanced skills.

Participating Organization

Nigerian Trust Fund
Government Of Benin
Société Béninoise d'Electricité et d'Eau


IATI identifier 46002-P-BJ-E00-002
Last Update 09 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name N'ZOMBIE Zounoubaté

Geographic Location

Country Benin
Coordinates Location Name
6.39468 2.58172 Seme-kpodji
6.48047 2.62129 Porto-Novo
6.508 2.325 Commune of Abomey-Calavi
6.36736 2.4225 Cotonou