Mozambique: Maputo water shortage solved by August 2020
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Thursday inaugurated a new water supply system in the town of Chiure in the northern province of Cabo Delgado which will benefit more than 18,000 residents.
Work began last March under the auspices of the Water and Sanitation Infrastructures Administration (AIAS) and was financed by the Mozambican government under its PRAVIDA (Water for Life) programme. The budget for the project was just under 123 million meticais (around 1.9 million US dollars at current exchange rates).
In its first phase, the system will supply over sixty per cent of residents with clean water through 450 domestic connections and 27 public standpipes. This phase of the project also involved the construction of a 700 cubic metre reservoir and a water tower with a capacity of 200 cubic metres. The water will be distributed along 16 kilometres of pipes.
The project will continue to be expanded, reaching 27,270 residents by 2023 and 36,540 consumers by 2027.
The town is the capital of Chiure district in the south of Cabo Delgado, which has a population of 219.285 residents according to the 2017 census.
PRAVIDA is tasked with rehabilitating and expanding the water systems in towns and cities across the country, including the Greater Maputo region, Beira, Pemba, Nacala, and Cuamba. Smaller towns and districts covered also include Chibuto, Massangena, Chigubo and Chicualauala in Gaza province, Mabote, Jangamo, Homoine and Morrumbene in Inhambane, and Mueda in Cabo Delgado. Over a million people will benefit from the programme.
Source: AIM / Miramar
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