A large part of the population in the north-east of Lomé, the capital of Togo, is affected by flooding due to a lack of effective rainwater drainage. This has an impact on their health, their living conditions and their life situation. As part of the PAUT II urban development project, the area’s urban infrastructure is being renovated and measures to improve rainwater drainage are being implemented. At the end of May 2018, creation of a fourth lake in the area was completed, to serve as a water retention basin during heavy rainfall periods, thus achieving an important milestone in the infrastructure and rainwater management development works. President Faure Gnassingbé, the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development and the French Ambassador were present at the inauguration ceremony.
The lake has an area of 26 hectares and can hold approximately 780,000 m3 of rainwater. It is located in the heart of the city of Lomé and is designed to protect people in the surrounding areas from flooding. In addition, a new rainwater sewer system was constructed in the surrounding region. INROS LACKNER’s Bremen and Togo offices, working with other partners in a joint venture, provided the required planning/design and construction supervision services. This urban development project is of great national importance and is expected to significantly improve the socio-economic and health conditions of the population of the affected urban areas.