South Sudan - Water storage dam to be constructed in Wau
The Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation will construct a dam in Wau to store water for deomestic, agriculture and other purposes, Hon Paul Mayom Akec, the minister, has announced.
Hon Mayom said that the dam will preserve water for irrigation to boost food production and reduce the country’s overreliance on food imports. He also explained that the water stored by the dam will provide the means for hydroelectric power generation to be supplied in Wau and to the other states in the south Sudan.
Hon Mayom also called for mutual utilization of the Nile water for the benefit of all. He announced that the ministry will pursue membership in the Nile Basin Authority and get involved in the Nile water agreement.
Hon Mayom (right) addressing the participants of the worshop.
The minister was speaking when he opened a consultative workshop on the feasibility of the Wau Dam. The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation of the Republic of South Sudan and the Ministry of Water Resources of Egypt. It drew participants from the two countries and representation from both local and international organizations, and the development partners or agencies.
Onn his part, the Egyptian minister of Water Resources, Husham Mohamad Ghandil conveyed his government’s readiness to cooperate with the government of the Republic of South Sudan in the development of the new nation. He said the provision of clean drinking water, training, hydroelectric power generation, establishment of irrigation in agriculture to improve food productivity, are among their top projects in South Sudan.