Sierra Leone - Freetown Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Aquatic Environment Revamping Project (WASHAERP)

Project Summary

Approval Date 05 Dec 2018
Signature Date 18 Jan 2019
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Commitment U.A 10,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Aquatic Environment Revamping Project (WASHAERP) covers the greater Freetown area, the capital city of Sierra Leone. The project includes measures to institutionalise the Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) approach and in particular provide for sustainable management of the Freetown peninsular water-shed. It is intended to provide the necessary complementarity and maximise the impact of DFID’s early effort, which is limited to rehabilitation of some of the key elements of the dilapidated Freetown water supply infrastructure. The project will also complement the institutional reforms supported through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Threshold Program which is focused on improving the performance and sustainability of the water utility, the Guma Valley Water Company (GVWC). Its implementation will improve access to safe water supply by 15% and access to improved sanitation by 7% in Sierra Leone. The total cost is estimated at UA 135.12 million, including Fund's contribution of UA 10 million for an implementation period of sixty-six (66) months.

Project Objectives

The overall objective of the project is to improve the water supply and sanitation services while ensuring the sustainability of the vital aquatic ecosystem in the Western Area/Freetown. The Specific objectives of the project are: (a) To rehabilitate and expand water treatment, transmission, storage and distribution systems; (b) to improve solid and liquid waste collection, treatment and disposal services; (c) to provide infrastructure and enhance capacity for the effective protection of the Western Area Protected Forest/Water-shed; and (d) to promote good sanitation, hygiene and child nutrition practices of the primary beneficiaries while facilitating their gainful participation in the improvement of WASH services.


The project will directly benefit an estimated 1,400,000 people (51% women), provided with access to safe water, including new access for 1,000,000 people and restoration of a regular daily water service for 400,000 people. This is equivalent to 23% of the national population gaining round the clock access to safely managed water supply and improved sanitation services. Environmental sanitation conditions will be improved, including the improvement of hygiene and sanitation habits of at least 200,000 people in vulnerable communities of the city. The project will create over 2,700 jobs and restore the Freetown peninsular water-shed thereby reducing the impact of the extreme climate events to living conditions and enhancing resources sustainability of the Protected Forest Area – the Western Area Peninsular water-shed. Overall, the water and sanitation services regulatory environment and improved delivery of the services will provide a firm foundation for longterm financial sustainability of Guma Valley Water Company and Freetown City Council.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Sierra Leone


IATI identifier 46002-P-SL-E00-004
Last Update 14 Aug 2022


Contact Details

Name ATIM Janet

Geographic Location

Country Sierra Leone