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Infrastructure of Hawassa city


In line with the establishment of the city with master plan, the city can be considered to be good progress. To this end, the city administration has been taking measures in response to the rising demands for basic infrastructures. The quality of roads, coverage and accessibility are the factors that contributed for the growth and development of the city as a model in Ethiopia. 



Hawassa City has transportation service since 1952. During the time transportation activity was done by Ministry of works. First, gravel roads constructed followed by Asphalt roads after the Municipality established.

Road infrastructure of the City has made a radical change since 1996E.C. upgrading of the gravel roads to an Asphalt road (Arterial Asphalt Road) has began in 1996E.C, and made a significant change in road infrastructure of the City.


 Road type and Length in Km




 All whether


Red Ash


Coble Stone







Source: Hawassa City Socio Economic Profile: 2007





Transport systems in Hawassa include the buses, Taxis/Bajaj/, Motor bicycles, Carts and other types of vehicles.

During the past years there has been tremendous growth in the number of vehicles specially Bajaj Taxis in the city, resulting in immense traffic pressure and increasing road bottlenecks.

Number of Transport vehicles in Hawassa City

11 modern city Buses /Felege Hawassa - 2008

80 mini bus Taxis / Felege Hawassa -2008

More than 2500 Bajaj Taxis/ Hawassa City GTP I- Report






Electricity in Hawassa

The major source of electric power in Hawassa and its hinterland is hydroelectric power from the interconnected system. As compared to many other parts of the Region, the level of electric power service in Hawassa and its hinterland is generally good. This implies that one of the most important prerequisites for industrial and socio – economic development is fulfilled.


Hawassa city has an electirc power that is generated from hydro electirc power. The voltage here is 220V and the current is Ac. The electric power coverage in Hawassa city is growing. Most tourist hotels , banks and most government offices in Hawassa have diesel power generators due to frequent power inturruptions. 


On the other hand, at the city level, 98.3% and 98.1% of the housing units in Hawassa and Addis Ababa had access to electric power from private meters, shared meters and private generators. Next to Hawassa and Addis Ababa, 90-97% of the housing units in 16 other towns were using electricity.




Hawassa Water Supply


Water is our most precious resource. It is vital to life. Humans, plants, and animals are made up of mostly water. All living things would die if it weren't for water. We use water for drinking, washing, cleaning, cooking, transportation and growing our food as well as many, many other socio-economic developments.

In general all over the country and Hawassa City administration in particular, we can say that the clean water is not adequately available especial for the City administration rural as well as urban dweller.

In the City the water supply service was started in 1975E.c, at the time there were 27 public water taps and two water containers. Presently access to water supply in the City has shown spectacular progress. While access has increased substantially with funds from internal revenue and external aid, much still remains to be done to achieve the millennium development goal. According to 2007 City Profile, there are 23,043 private; 4,530 Business, 357 Governmental and 244 water taps  are available as water supplies to residents of Hawassa. 

The potential water coverage of the City administration is reached 76% in 2007E.c. 

Source: Hawassa city Socio -Economic Profile 2007