Expansion of the water supply system in the cities of Maputo and Matola and the neighbouring town of Boane, will more than double the number of people benefiting from piped water from the current 670,000 to 1.5 million, according to Mozambique’s Minister of Public Works, Cadmiel Muthemba.
Speaking on Wednesday at a session of his Ministry’s Coordinating Council, held at the Pequenos Libombos resort, 40 kilometres west of Maputo, Muthemba said that the major work consists of building a new water treatment station on the Umbeluzi river, in Boane district, laying a new mains pipe from Umbeluzi to Matola, and rehabilitating the existing network of pipes.
New water distribution centres will be built at Belo Horizonte and Matola-Rio in Boane, and at Tsalala in Matola, while the existing Boane and Catembe distribution centres will be rebuilt.
In the centre of the country, Muthemba added, the government is building a new water system for Chimoio, capital of Manica province, which will also supply Manica and Gondola districts.
Among the major interventions in the first six months of this year, he said, was large scale work to improve water supply to the Mueda plateau in the northern province of Cabo Delgado. No watercourses run across the plateau, and so water must be pumped up to Mueda.
Muthemba said that seven new electric pumps have been acquired for the three systems that pump water up to the plateau, and the power is provided by four new generators for each of the systems.
The minister said that work to rehabilitate and expand the water supply system in Xai-Xai, capital of Gaza province, was also completed this year, as was a new water treatment station for the central city of Quelimane.
Currently the Public Works Ministry is designing projects for new water treatment stations and distribution centres for Lichinga and Cuamba, the two main urban centres in the northernmost province of Niassa.
The government’s five year programme envisages supplying 70 per cent of the urban population and 69 per cent of the rural population with safe drinking water by the end of 2014.
Source: Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique /allAfrica.com, 30 June 2010