The Mozambican government and the African Development Bank signed a loan agreement in Maputo on 23 October 2009 to finance three projects, one of which is the Niassa Provincial Towns Water and Sanitation project.
The ADB is providing credit of 27 million dollars to improve water supply and sanitation in Lichinga and Cuamba, the two major cities in the northern province of Niassa. This will rehabilitate and expand the entire water extraction, treatment, storage and distribution system, with the result that a further 160,000 households will benefit from supplies of clean water.
This will raise the clean water coverage rate for Lichinga and Cuamba from nine per cent of the population to 70 per cent by 2015.
Source: Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique / allAfrica.com, 23 Oct 2009