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Arba Minch town is situated in the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Regional (SNNPR) state, 250 km from the regional capital Awassa and some 505 km from Addis Ababa, the capital city of the country. The population of Arbaminch has been projected from 60'700 persons in the year 2000 to 115'000 persons in to the year 2015 and to 165'000 persons in the year 2025. This corresponds to an overall growth rate of 4.5 % per annum compounded.

Pilot city Arba Minch


The present population is 76'000. The present water supply is fed by Arbaminch springs, a reasonably abundant group of springs discharging at the base of the escarpment to the east of the town. The water supply system was extended in 1987 and much of the mechanical and electrical equipment has reached to the end of its economical life. Operation for 20 hours per day is reported.
 The distribution network covers 25 public taps and almost 3000 private connections. All connections and public taps are metered.The scheme is run by AWSSE. There are no facilities for wastewater collection and treatment. Only institutions like Arbaminch University, Arbaminch Teacher Training College and the Arbaminch Textile Factory have their own wastewater collection and treatment facilities . More than 85% of the population use conventional pit latrines. Most commercial and governmental institutions use Septic tanks which need frequent removal. Therefore, a general sanitary solution is very much needed for the city of Arbaminch.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 May 2007 )
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