Lesotho - Lowlands Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 03 Oct 2013
Signature Date 15 May 2014
Planned Completion Date 31 Mar 2024
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Mar 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 9,055,738.06
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Lowlands Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project in the Districts of Berea and Maseru along routes of the Metolong Dam Water Supply Project primary and secondary pipes consists of basic rural water and sanitation infrastructure, environmental health support for communities in the project area, as well as capacity building and project management. The Project is an extension of the Metolong Dam Water Supply Program (MDWSP) promoting the Bank’s Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) policy. The project promotes the use of existing water resources on equitable and sustainable manner and extends the benefit from the MDWSP to the rural population. Bank’s involvement would therefore add value to the sector dynamics based on its rich experience. The Project also promotes donor coordination as it complements the intervention under MDWSP supported by nine donors.

Project Objectives

The development objective of the project is to contribute to the achievement of the country’s Vision 2020 objective of improved health and social wellbeing of the population through universal access to improved water and sanitation services. The specific objective is to increase coverage in the project areas by providing improved, sustainable, equitable and inclusive access to water supply and sanitation to an estimated 65,000 population in Maseru and Brea districts where major bulk water supply infrastructure is being developed with support from other Development Partners (DPs).


The project is expected to benefit directly nearly 65,000 people residing in the villages strung along the main routes of the Metolong Dam Water Supply Programme pipelines in the Berea and Maseru districts. It will also indirectly benefit the urban centres of Maseru, Mazenod, Morija, Tayateyaneng and Roma with overall population of 350,000 because the water supply system will be more sustainable as a result of eliminating the risk of vandalism and associated operation and maintenance cost.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Rural Water Supply & Sanitation
Government Of Lesotho


IATI identifier 46002-P-LS-E00-002
Last Update 01 Apr 2023


Contact Details

Name Herbert Mugwagwa CHINOKORO
Email h.chinokoro@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Lesotho
Coordinates Location Name
-29.1667 27.9167 Berea
-29.5833 27.8333 Maseru