Veolia has secured a contract to design and construct an iron removal water treatment facility in Dakar, Senegal.

The project is part of Société Nationale des Eaux du Sénégal's (SONES) program, which intends to increase the drinking water supply to Dakar and its suburbs, as well as improve the quality of water distributed.

The city has drinking water coming in from boreholes with high iron content, the water utility decided to add an iron removal treatment plant to improve quality of that water.

Under the contract, which represents revenue of €7.6m, Veolia will design and build a facility with a daily capacity of 40,000 cubic meters of water.

Treatment will feature raw water aeration, physical-chemical treatment and sand filtration. The water will then by disinfected using chlorine produced on site by electrochlorination.

SONES is the contracting authority for the project, which is financed by a West African Development Bank loan.

SONES CEO Charles Fall said: “We want Veolia to be our technical partner and adviser to help us meet the challenges of implementing strategic infrastructure projects and complying with technical quality standards.

“We hope the company’s experience at both regional and international level will contribute to the success of this project, which is important for the quality of life of people resident in Dakar.”

Veolia Water Technologies CEO Jean-François Nogrette said: “We are proud to have been chosen by Senegal’s water utility to help give better access to essential services. For 160 years, Veolia has been working towards ensuring that everyone has access to good quality water while preserving this vital resource.

“We are keen to bring our experience and solutions into play for the benefit and wellbeing of the residents of Dakar and its suburbs.”