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The water mains linking the Corumana dam in Moamba to the Machava distribution centre in Matola will be completed by December, according to the Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources, Carlos Bonete, who visited the ongoing works on Friday.
The installation of the 95-kilometre pipeline began last year and is now about 70 percent complete, with the contractor assuring Minister Bonete that the works “are well underway”.
Meanwhile, construction of the Sabié Water Treatment Plant (ETA) has not started yet, but work is expected to start before the end of the year and the plant be operational by mid-2018.
According to Notícias, the treatment of water before it is pumped to the Machava distribution centre is under consideration as a stop-gap measure until the Sabié station is in operation.
The entire project is budgeted at US$173 million, and is financed by the World Bank and EUR 20 million made available by The Netherlands. The same package covers the construction of the Sabié Treatment Plant and distribution centres in Matlemele, Matola-Gare and Guava.
In addition to boosting water supply to Maputo, which has been constrained by poor availability in the Umbelúzi river since last year, the Corumana project will bring water to 625,000 people, from 125,000 new connections.
Before heading to Corumana, Carlos Bonete visited emergency water crisis works such as the rehabilitation of 22 deactivated systems and the opening of 46 boreholes in various Maputo and Matola districts, and heard that work was progressing satisfactorily.
Three of the boreholes visited by Minister Bonete on Friday serve vegetable farms in the Mulauze valley, which lies between the capital and Matola.Source: Notícias
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