EU funds drinking water project in Sao Tome and Principe

18 June 2007

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 18 June – The European Union is to provide 2 million euros for a project to rebuild the drinking water system in Sao Tome and Principe, under the terms of an agreement signed at the weekend in Sao Tome.

The agreement, signed by Sao Tome’s Foreign Minister, Gustavo dos Anjos, and by and EU representative, Thierry Matrise, is focused on rebuilding and expanding the water supply network in the Mexochi district, the second most-populated on the archipelago, located 7 kilometers from the capital.

This drinking water supply project is part of a national program for combating poverty on the archipelago, which is funded by several development partners.

Despite having an overall water capacity of 2.1 million cubic meters of water per square kilometer, supply on Sao Tome and Principe is insufficient due to a lack of a distribution network in several areas of the country. (macauhub)