Residents of the Bole Bulbula, Lafto and Mekanisa areas south of the city centre will benefit from a 300 million birr project to increase supplies of drinking water in the capital. The initiative, which involves the construction of three reservoirs and 19 deepwater wells and the installation of new pipelines, will increase provisions by 12,000 cubic metres to 42,000 cubic metres per day. The Addis Ababa City Water and Sewerage Authority has said work should be finished by July. The project, which is funded by the Addis Ababa city council, the European Union and the French Development Agency, is part of a broader programme that includes improving the water filtering capacity of the Gefersa dam 18 km west of Addis Ababa, expanding the existing water distribution system in the Keranyo (Kolfe) area west of the city centre and replacing ageing pipelines.