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The Technical Council for Disaster Management (CTGC) yesterday announced new water restrictions in the Greater Maputo Region. According to ‘Jornal Notícias’, restrictions on water supply to Maputo, Matola and Boane will be increased by 20 to 40 percent, starting tomorrow and directly affecting 1.3 million people. At the same time, CTGC decided to issue the orange alert for the Umbéluzi Basin, Maputo province.
The emergency session analysed the hydrological situation in the Umbéluzi Basin and the management of the Pequenos Libombos dam, at present at low levels as a result of the scarcity of rain.
The lack of rain may have short term implications for water supply to the cities of Maputo and Matola and the town of Boane.
The aim of the alert is to preserve minimum quantities of water for consumption in Maputo, Matola and Boane until the next rainy season and prevent the reservoir from drying out completely, putting the infrastructure itself at risk.
The orange alert for the Umbelúzi Basin is also intended to intensify efforts to build or identify short term complementary and alternative sources of water treatment and supply, and reinforce community efforts to save and rationalise water use.
According to a source at the CTGC, this measure is a way to enable the activation of special financial mechanisms, rapid access to funds from international organisations and the private sector in order to implement mitigation measures, as well as extraordinary actions of distribution and use of water.
The Pequenos Libombos Dam recorded a progressive and marked reduction of water reserves in its reservoir, from 81 percent in October 2014 to around 20 percent in late December 2017.Source: Notícias / Folha de Maputo