Angola invests US$21 million in water supply to Uíge and Bengo provinces

8 March 2007

Luanda, Angola, 8 March – The Angolan government has invested US$21 million on projects to supply drinking water to the cities of Uíje, Caxito and Catete, respectively in the provinces of Uíje and Bengo, Angolan newspaper Jornal de Angola reported.

The work, which is expected to be concluded in the first half of this year, is the responsibility of the China National Electronics Import and Export Corp. (CEIEC).

The city of Uíje benefited from most of the investment – some US$13.5 million – while Caxito absorbed US$4 million and Catete US$3.5 million.

The project aims to supply 6,000 people in Uíje with drinking water at home, said António Quaresma, head of the Planning and Water Supply department of the National Waters Directorate, during a visit to the worksite.

According to Quaresma, a further 2,500 people will be served by 20 new drinking fountains, which will be placed on the outskirts of Uíje.

In the areas where the lack of drinking water is greatest 20 fountains will be installed to provide water to over 4,000 people. (macauhub)