Kinshasa Industrial Water Treatment Complex

The Kinshasa Industrial Water Treatment Complex (KIWTC), is a water purification and distribution project under construction in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Construction began in August 2021 and completion is expected in the second half of 2023. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor is Weihai International Economic & Technical Cooperative (WIETC), of China. The project is owned and is financed by the government of DRC, with funds borrowed from the World Bank Group.[1][2]

Kinshasa Industrial Water Treatment Complex
Kinshasa Industrial Water Treatment Complex is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kinshasa Industrial Water Treatment Complex
Location of Kinshasa Industrial Water Treatment Complex
Desalination plant
Coordinates04°27′17″S 15°21′09″E / 4.45472°S 15.35250°E / -4.45472; 15.35250Coordinates: 04°27′17″S 15°21′09″E / 4.45472°S 15.35250°E / -4.45472; 15.35250
Estimated output110,000 cubic meters (110,000,000 L) of water daily
CostUS$59.4 million
TechnologySedimentation, Chlorination
Operation dateH2 of 2023 Expected


The water treatment facility is located in the western suburbs of the capital city of Kinshasa, adjacent to the military base in Ngaliema, in the southwestern part of the city.[1][2]


As of January 2020, the city of Kinshasa was home to an estimated population of 12 million people.[2] Following diagnostic and feasibility studies by the Antea Group, funded by the International Development Association (IDA), the DRC officials decided to build a new water treatment complex capable of delivering 110,000 cubic meters (110,000,000 L) of potable water to the city on a daily basis. Under long-term planning, the city plans to expand the capacity of the complex to three times the initial size.[3] The World Bank funded this project to the tune of US$59.4 million.[2]


The water treatment facility is wholly owned by the Régie de distribution d'eau (REGIDESO), the government parastatal company, responsible for provision of potable water nationwide.[3]


The construction of the Kinshasa Industrial Water Treatment Complex is part of a larger plan called Urban Drinking Water Supply Project (Pemu). Pemu's objective is to (a) sustainably increase access to potable water in the cities of Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Matadi and (b) improve the efficiency of Regideso, the country's public water distribution company. Pemu will cost an estimated US$360 million to complete.[1]

The design of KIWTC calls for a water intake pipe, measuring 805 millimetres (32 in) in diameter, inserted into the Congo River. The intake pipe will travel through the city for approximately 3 kilometres (2 mi) to a temporary storage facility, before it enters the treatment plant. On its way from the Congo River to the new water processing facility, the intake pipe passes through Colonel Tshatshi Military Camp in the neighborhood called Ngaliema, in the western suburbs of Kinshasa.[1][2]

Related new infrastructure includes the construction of a building specifically dedicated to the storage of water treatment chemicals. Work also includes the rehabilitation of over 150 kilometres (93 mi) of primary, secondary and tertiary distribution water pipes.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Patrick Mulyungi (15 August 2021). "DRC begins constructing an industrial water treatment complex". Construction Review Online. Nairobi, Kenya. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Jean Marie Takouleu (22 January 2020). "DRC: WIETC launches construction of a large drinking-water plant in Kinshasa". Paris, France. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  3. ^ a b Antea Group (2018). "N'Djili, drinking water treatment plant rehabilitation in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo". Retrieved 18 June 2022.

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