Tunisia - Rural Drinking Water Supply (RDWS) Programme

Project Summary

Approval Date 12 Oct 2011
Signature Date 19 Oct 2011
Planned Completion Date 30 Sep 2018
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2018
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 68,702,881.71
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Rural Drinking Water Supply (RDWS) Programme covers twenty (20) of the country’s twenty-four (24) Governorates, namely: Ariana, Béja, Ben Arous, Bizerte, Gabès, Gafsa, Jendouba, Kairouan, Kasserine, Kef, Mahdia, Manouba, Médinine, Nabeul, Sfax, Sidi Bouzid, Siliana, Sousse, Tataouine and Zaghouan. It targets the most disadvantaged rural communities on the national territory, whose isolation and dispersal makes it difficult for them to have access to low-cost drinking water. In the remaining four (4) Governorates, (Tunis, Monastir, Tozeur and Kebili), the urban and rural areas are fully covered by SONEDE, the urban water utility company, with a drinking water access rate of 100%. The main expected outputs are: (i) the construction of 161 new DWS systems; (ii) the rehabilitation of 150 simple DWS systems; (iii) the rehabilitation of seven (7) complex DWS systems to be transferred to SONEDE; (iv) the improvement of drinking water supply conditions in the three transfer areas (Sud Kairouan, Bizerte and Jendouba); (v) the training of 100 DGGREE experts; (vi) the procurement of 20 vehicles; and (vi) the recruitment of 20 rural engineers/technicians. The estimated programme cost is UA 90.81 million and the duration of implementation is expected to be five years, from January 2012.

Project Objectives

The objective of the project is to increase access to drinking water in disadvantaged rural areas.


The main beneficiaries are the rural communities in the twenty target governorates that will have access to drinking water, DGGREE and the 20 CRDAs whose capacity will be built, and the new staff to be recruited. At the end of the programme, drinking water will be available to 348,191 inhabitants.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank


IATI identifier 46002-P-TN-E00-005
Last Update 02 Oct 2022


Contact Details

Name BEN SASSI Belgacem
Email b.bensassi@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Tunisia
Coordinates Location Name
33.33333 11 Gouvernorat de Médenine
35.33333 10.58333 Gouvernorat de Mahdia
36.66667 10.66667 Gouvernorat de Nabeul
34.75 10.41667 Gouvernorat de Sfax
34.83333 9.5 Gouvernorat de Sidi Bouzid
36 9.33333 Gouvernorat de Siliana
35.91667 10.41667 Gouvernorat de Sousse
32 10 Gouvernorat de Tataouine
36.33333 10 Gouvernorat de Zaghouan
36.9833 10.1167 Gouvernorat de Ariana