Safe drinking water and improved sanitation are inseparable and critical to public health. Unfortunately access to these are major challenges in the rural communities of Nigeria. To ensure access to safe water and sanitation for all is Sustainable Development Goal Number 6 to transform the world. However, due to poor infrastructure and bad economics, by 2050 at least one in four people is likely to be affected by chronic or recurring shortage of fresh water (UNICEF, 2016). Studies have shown that three out of four jobs are water dependent directly or indirectly and shortages of water may limit economic growth.


The need to rehabilitate the existing broken-down WaSH facilities is imperative. The provision of safe drinking water and improved sanitation are the surest ways to reduce poverty, eliminate water borne diseases, protect lives and save resources.


CIDAR is a team of Professionals who have spent most of their professional careers in developing the WaSH Sector in Nigeria.

We have established (VLOM) Village Level Operation and Maintenance of (HPBHs) Hand-Pump Boreholes and (MBHs) Motorized Boreholes.

We have also developed a reasonably large network of Private Local Area Mechanics, Local Entrepreneurs and Community Development Professionals across Nigeria.

  • Over 60 million people of Nigeria do not have access to safe water
  • Improved drinking water coverage is only around 42% in the three Northern zones
  • Only 56% of hand pumps function in this region
  • Non-functionality occurs largely due to mechanical fault, electricity failure, pipe burst, vandalized by miscreants and unskilled persons, lack of community ownership


  • Over 1 million people provided with safe water by in six states accross Nigeria
  • Rehabilitating boreholes in Borno, Katsina, Kaduna, Jigawa, Niger and Cross River states
  • Over 1200 Hand-pumps and motorized boreholes rehabilitated/rehabilitating
  • Over 800 Caretakers trained for Preventive Maintenance and more than 300 are in the training process
  • Over 50 Local Area Mechanics trained
  • More than 1200 WASHCOMs formed/forming
  • CIDAR is constructing Toilets for IDPs in Borno state
  • CIDAR provides water and sanitation facilities in a village adopted by us for reconstruction and rehabilitation in Borno state
  • Introduced Forced Lift Hand-pumps in Nigeria, no power required and very easy to maintain