Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 28 Nov 2006
PDS Updated as of 31 Jul 2008

Project Name Water Supply and Sanitation Sector
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project/Program Number 30451-013
Status Closed
Geographical Location Small towns nationwide and the periurban areas of Vientiane
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Water supply and other municipal infrastructure and services
Subsector Water Supply and Sanitation
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan1710Asian Development Fund20,000
TOTAL US$ 20,000

Safeguard Categories

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Environment B

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

IEEs carried out for the Phase I subprojects show that no full environmental impact assessments are required. The provision of piped water supply and improved sanitation in the subproject towns will have an overall beneficial environmental impact.
The provision of a safe reliable water supply to the subproject areas will bring significant benefits to the intended beneficiaries, particularly the poor and women. The time saved from collecting water and firewood and boiling water sill benefit women and girls, who are the main water collectors.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

Stakeholder consultations undertaken. The Project adopted a Community Awareness and Participation Program, utilizing a participatory development approach.

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


The objectives of the Project are to help (i) establish a regulatory framework for the urban water supply sector, (ii) develop sustainable operational frameworks for the decentralized management of water supply, (iii) building capacity in provincial water supply organizations, (iv) implement water supply and sanitation systems in about 12 of the highest priority small towns in the sector investment plan, and (v) expand the water supply distribution system and sanitation facilities for Vientiane. The Project has four parts: Part A - community awareness and participation program (CAPP); Part B - improved water supply and sanitation in small towns; Part C - Vientiane water supply system expansion and sanitation; and Part D - implementation assistance and capacity building.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

A reasonable quality of life is currently unattainable for many of the people in the target small towns communities and the periurban areas of Vientiane. Attempts to improve the people's status and health are continually impeded by having to spend considerable time, energy, and financial resources acquiring their daily water needs. This is especially true for women and children, the traditional carriers of water. Currently, these communities are using shallow wells or purchasing water at high prices from vendors. Further, a lack of basic infrastructure such as water supply is constraining the economic development of these small towns and periurban areas of Vientiane. Consequently, they cannot function effectively as service centers for the surrounding rural areas. Although about 50 percent of inhabitants have sanitation services, many of the facilities are unsanitary which, together with a lack of hygiene awareness, is undermining the Government's efforts to improve health. The Project addresses the Government's highest priorities in the water supply sector, and will help the Government move toward its long-term vision of providing safe and convenient water supplies and sanitation facilities to 80 percent of all urban communities.

Development Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Status of Operation / Construction
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2006 Nov 28
Consulting Services
Package A - includes 55 person-months of international and 365 person-months of domestic consulting services to undertake feasibility studies, subproject appraisal reports, and detailed engineering design and construction supervision. Package B - includes 43 person-months of international and 36 person-months of domestic consulting services for capacity building services to support the project management unit, develop and assist in the implementation of an institutional framework, strengthen the capacity of the provincial nam papas in financial management and O&M, and strengthen the Water Supply Authority. Package C - includes 6 person-months of international and 12 person-months of domestic consulting services to formulate a strategy and prepare measures to clear unexploded ordnance from the project areas. Package D - includes a total of 168 person-months of consulting services of a domestic NGO to manage the CAPP.
Contracts for major civil works will be undertaken using international competitive bidding procedures. Procurement of utility vehicles and office equipment will be carried out using international shopping.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 08 Apr 1999 to 29 Apr 1999
Management Review Meeting 28 May 1999
Approval 16 Nov 1999


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 1710 16 Nov 1999 14 Mar 2000 10 Jul 2000 30 Jun 2006 31 Dec 2007 29 Jul 2008


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
30 Sep 2016 Loan 1710 20,183 0 97.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
30 Sep 2016 Loan 1710 20,723 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

Covenants are categorized under the following categories—audited accounts, safeguards, social, sector, financial, economic, and others. Covenant compliance is rated by category by applying the following criteria: (i) Satisfactory—all covenants in the category are being complied with, with a maximum of one exception allowed, (ii) Partly Satisfactory—a maximum of two covenants in the category are not being complied with, (iii) Unsatisfactory—three or more covenants in the category are not being complied with. As per the 2011 Public Communications Policy, covenant compliance ratings for Project Financial Statements apply only to projects whose invitation for negotiation falls after 2 April 2012.

Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 1710

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Paulus B. van Klaveren (
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies Ministry of Comm, Trans., Post & Construction
Dr. Somphone Dethoudom


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