The Mozambican Public Works and Housing Minister Cadmiel Muthemba, announced recently that over 13 million inhabitants would gain access to drinking water in the rural areas, and other four million in urban areas by 2014, reports the Thursday’s issue of the daily paper “Noticias”.
According to the Minister, this will play a major role for the country to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Thus, drinking water will reach about 69 percent of the population in the rural areas, and 70 percent in urban areas.
Access to water and sanitation is crucial to improve people’s life standards and promote human development.
To achieve these targets the government plans to build and rehabilitate about 10,000 boreholes and increase the number of households linked to the water network system to 30,000, and install more than 200 public taps in the rural areas.
The Ministry also plans to repair the existing water supply systems in the villages, particularly in the districts of Mueda, Mabote, Massangena, Guro and Chigubo.
In a number villages across the country, where the systems are already operational, the government will focus on providing better quality services.
As for urban water areas, the Ministry plans to link an additional 92,000 households to main water supply system and install 1,300 new public taps.
The targets were set taking the year 2009 as reference point, where 51.8 percent inhabitants in the rural areas had access to drinking water.