Mozambican government wants to privatize water supply system within ten years

13 September 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 13 Sept – The Mozambican government wants to privatize, within the next ten years, the country’s entire water distribution system, the Public Works minister, Felício Zacarias, said Wednesday in Maputo.

The minister said that in order to do this, the government had begun to hand over the water distribution system to private companies.

“We have to make it possible for everyone to access the service, as the quality of the service is more important than the mere construction of infrastructures. We are concerned about the efficient and sustainable management of the services,” he said.

Zacarias was speaking at the conference of the Council for Regulation of Water Supply (CRA), which is underway in the Mozambican capital.

The Mozambican authorities estimate that 70 percent of the population will have access to drinking water by 2015, as compared with 43 percent currently.

Similarly to other sub-Saharan African countries, access to water in Mozambique remains less than 20 liters per day per person, as is generally recommended.

In order to provide better access to drinking water the Mozambican government must invest US$20 million per year over the next eight years.