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The Mozambican government is considering desalinating seawater to supply drinking water to Maputo, which is facing shortages because of drought in the south of the country, an official has said.
“The desalination of seawater for human consumption is a project that is still very premature, but it is one of the possibilities to respond to the crisis that is affecting the region,” João Machatine, Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources is quoted by today’s edition of Notícias as saying.
Desalination would be carried out through a public-private partnership, and the government already has in hand proposals from entities interested in the project.
The lack of water in the Pequenos Libombos Dam which supplies the city and province of Maputo – now only 21% of ideal storage levels – is the result of the absence of rain in the Umbeluzi hydrological basin.
Water levels in the dam have been declining over the last five years, according to official figures. It now holds only 87 million cubic meters of water of a total capacity of 400 million cubic meters.Source: Lusa