Portuguese company involved in study of Luanda’s sanitation system

14 March 2007

Luanda, Angola, 14 March – The redesign of the master plan for sanitation in Luanda, whose water and sewage network is over 40 years old, is due to be ready in six months, the director of Portuguese company, Consultores para Obras, Barragens e Planeamento (COBA) said Tuesday in Luanda.

Carlos Lopes Gonçalves said that the Luanda network was over 40 years old “which is the useful lifetime of this type of work” and now the consortium made up of COBA and French company Société Grenobloise d’Etudes et d’Applications Hydrauliques had six months to present a new plan.

Gonçalves said that the project was a reworking of the Master Plan for Sanitation of Luanda from 1995, which was never put in place, and is now out of date.

The project will identify the main problems with basic sanitation in the city, which is currently home to over 4 million people.

Gonçalves declined to say how much the study would cost, saying only that when the study was handed over to the Luanda provincial government it would be used as a basis for designing the city’s Master Plan. (macauhub)