MCC Marks World Water Day 2017

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    Ra’eda, one of 30 women trained as plumbers as part of MCC’s Jordan Compact, fixes a client’s faucet in the city of Zarqa. Ra’eda and her colleagues are challenging attitudes about women’s roles and professions in Jordan – one of the most water-poor countries on Earth that also has one of the lowest women’s labor force participation rates in the world.

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    As part of its Jordan Compact, MCC funded a critical expansion of the As-Samra Wastewater Treatment Plant that is producing much-needed treated water for farm irrigation in the Jordan Valley and freeing up fresh water for household use.

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    Led by Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva, officials tour a newly inaugurated wastewater treatment facility in Santa Maria, Cabo Verde, in February 2017. As part of its Cabo Verde Compact signed in 2012, MCC helped the government bring the facility online, which nearly triples its wastewater capacity and connects approximately 1,400 families to new water and sanitation networks. The country receives less than 9 inches of rain on average each year.

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    Lack of access to water and sanitation takes a big toll on health, school attendance, and economic productivity in water-poor countries like Cabo Verde. Thanks to MCC’s investments in the country’s water sector, people like Celestina now have indoor toilets and clean water that comes directly to their homes, saving them time spent collecting water from a public standpipe and improving their health and economic outlook.

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    A boy rolls a barrel toward a water source in Lusaka, Zambia. As part of MCC’s investment in the country, the Zambian Government is working to reform the water sector and improve drainage in the capital city of Lusaka to better meet citizens’ water and sanitation needs. The vital water sector improvements aim to decrease the risk of water-related disease, time spent collecting water, the cost of water, and business and household losses due to flooding.

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    A man collects water from a water storage tank to care for seedlings in his tree nursery. The precious resource is being more equitably distributed through a water resource management plan – drafted by the Government of Burkina Faso with MCC assistance during the development of a compact – that is helping producers throughout Burkina Faso make a living.

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    The Guma Valley Dam – built 50 years ago and designed to support half-a-million people – now has more than twice as many people to serve, leading to daily water shortages. In a country recovering from Ebola, where clean water is essential to rebuilding, MCC’s Sierra Leone Threshold Program is supporting government and institutional reforms that will lead to more effective delivery of clean water and electricity services and limit opportunities for corruption.

MCC builds large-scale infrastructure and supports policy and institutional reforms that help governments more effectively deliver critical water and sanitation services to its people. Access to clean water and adequate sanitation helps people lift themselves out of poverty and supports stability and security.

MCC works with its partner countries to design and implement projects that provide affordable, sustainable access to water for families, businesses, farmers, and energy-generating national utilities.

Related Country Programs

  • Jordan Compact

    Recognizing that Jordan is among the world’s driest countries, Jordanians have been dramatically transforming their access to clean water and sanitation through a five year grant of $275 million provided to Jordan by the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

  • Cabo Verde Compact II

    This five-year compact with Cape Verde is intended to increase household incomes by reforming two sectors identified as current constraints to economic growth: the water and sanitation sector and the land management sector.

  • Burkina Faso Compact

    MCC strengthened agricultural infrastructure and water-management techniques, assisted in rural land ownership reform, linked markets through improved roads, and ensured more girls complete primary school.

  • Zambia Compact

    The Zambia Compact invested in water supply, sanitation and drainage infrastructure with the goal of decreasing the incidence of water-related diseases, generating time savings for households and businesses, and mitigating business and residential flood losses.

  • Sierra Leone Threshold Program

    MCC and the Government of Sierra Leone partnered to implement a $44.4 million threshold program to improve access to clean water and reliable electricity, and to support reforms designed to limit opportunities for corruption.