WASCO held a pre-bid meeting with companies that showed interest in undertaking the Environmental Impact Assessment and Representative for Affected Property (EIA-RAP) studies for Greater Maseru Water Supply Project (GMWSP) which seeks to extend the water supply network service to the designated urban areas of Maseru. The meeting was followed by a tour of the areas that stand to benefit from this project. The EIA-RAP are preliminary studies conducted prior the construction phase of the said project. This is done in accordance with WASCO Sustainability and Environment Policy 2016, the National Environment Act 2008 and the Donor and/or Financier requirements. The studies assess the overall environmental and socio-economic impacts that can result from the project, with the aim of minimising the negative impacts and enhancing the positive impacts.
The greater Maseru EIA-RAP project is a component of a bigger Construction Project, which entails construction of water distribution infrastructure in the Maseru District. The project is set to be implemented in 3 areas, namely: South, South West and North East. Maseru South areas include Ha Makhoathi, Ha Bosofo, Mazenod, Ha luka and Ha `Masana; Maseru South West areas comprise Ha Tsautse, Qoaling, Ha Ts`iame and Ha Lesia while North East areas are Ha Mabote, Ts`enola, Foso, Marabeng, Berea and Senekal-Sehlabeng. This phase of the project is envisaged to span over the following period; tendering phase from July to Sept 2019 whereas award and implementation are scheduled from Sept to Dec 2019.
Companies that showed interest by attending a meeting and touring the project areas are the following; White Life Consultants, GCS Lesotho, SEED Consult, Home-Base Property Consultants, AURECON, ABK Consulting Engineering & Matchetta Environment, Resi Business Solutions (PTY).
GMWSP is funded by BADEA, OFID and the Government of Lesotho (GoL) to the tune of US$30 million; US$14m from BADEA, US$14m from OFID and US$2m from GoL. The project seeks to supply water to Maseru peri urban areas, which currently do not have access to water supply services from WASCO.