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“This whole week, [we received] water only today (Thursday July 6). I wouldn’t say that restrictions have come to an end if I only had water for a short time today,” says Vitória João, 75, who lives in Maputo’s Aeroporto neighbourhood.
She was reacting to news about the end of water restrictions put out this Tuesday by the Águas da Região de Maputo company.
Resident of the same neighbourhood Moisés Bata backs up her story. While acknowledging that water pressure has improved recently, he said that he had only had water for two days in the last week, and that for less than eight hours. “Yesterday and today there is water coming out, but it only lasts until about 11.30 a.m., then stops,” he said.
In the neighbourhoods visited by O País in Matola, the residents talk about improvements in supply. In the Trevo neighbourhood, Bendita Bule, 60, said that the water supply has improved, but that she still only has water on alternate days.
In the Matola headquarters area, Josefina tells a similar story. She says that, yes, she is being supplied by Maputo Water on a daily basis, but she has to get up early to use it. “She does not come out, she does not come, then she closes very early,” the 32-year-old housewife says. “She starts coming out well at around 3:00 to 4:00 a.m., then no later than 6:00 a.m., there is nothing.”
José Barata, technical director of Maputo Water Company, says that water is being supplied every day, but only for an average of eight hours a day.
Water supply restrictions have been affecting 250,000 Maputo Water Company clients in the country’s capital and Matola since last January, owing to low levels of reserves in the Pequenos Libombos Dam.Source: O País