The Akomnyada water treatment plant, the main supplier of drinking water to the Cameroonian capital, recorded a drop in production from 130,000 m3 per day to 80,000 m3 between January and May 2022. This equates to a drop of 50,000 m3.
During a site visit last September 5, the Minister of Water and Energy, Gaston Eloundou Essomba, said the lower production is the cause of water shortages in the city for several months now. "Technicians say the water quality has deteriorated, requiring more treatment products," he said, adding that the country’s water utility (Camwater) has already been instructed to address the issue and make sure the plant regains an optimal level of production.
While the official deemed the plant's production capacity "good", the facility seems to have even more problems. Camwater's MD sent a letter to the minister last March informing him that the Akomnyada plant "has serious malfunctions despite its rehabilitation in 2017."
The ultrafiltration membrane built in 2017 with a capacity of 55,000 m3 per day stopped working only a few weeks after its commissioning. This has led to a drop in production from 190,000 m3 to about 60,000 m3 of water per day.
As a reminder, the Akomnyada plant was built in 1985 with an installed capacity of 100,000 m3/day. Today, the daily water needs in Yaoundé are estimated at over 300,000 m3 per day.