The Sustainable Urban Water and Sanitation in Africa (SUWASA) program, implemented from 2009 to 2015, was a regional initiative to foster the transformation of water and sanitation delivery services in Africa to achieve their long-term financial sustainability through the application of market-based principles. The program fostered water sector reforms to solve challenges that hindered the effective delivery of water and sanitation services for urban residents in nine African nations: Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, and Zambia.
In South Sudan, the rapid growth of the capital city Juba, presents municipal authorities with a multitude of challenges. One of these challenges is the provision of adequate sanitation facilities for an ever-growing population. The SUWASA program is supporting the water and sanitation sector of South Sudan and is working with the Juba City Council to plan and prioritize sanitation investments across the city.
Presently, information about the Roton Wastewater Lagoon that would ordinarily be available for planning purposes (such as design criteria or operating standards and manuals) is scarce or absent. As a result, there is a risk that future investments, based upon circumstantial evidence, will not target the areas of sanitation that should be prioritized. The provision of accurate data regarding current sanitation conditions at both household and city levels is a priority for the Government of South Sudan (GOSS) as it looks to make new investments in the city. To fill the current information gaps on the sanitation situation in Juba, SUWASA staff developed and undertook an assessment of the Roton Wastewater Lagoon between December 2013 and July 2014.