Manila, The Philippines, 26 Dec – The Asian Development Bank announced last week that it will contribute US$ 6 million to help the government of East Timor improve supply of drinking water in the capital, Dili.
In a statement, the ADB said the Dili water supply scheme is budgeted at US$ 7.5 million and will supply water round the clock to around a third of the city’s homes, businesses and institutions.
Dili is funding the reminder of the project, scheduled for completion within 29 months, with work due to get underway mid-2008.
The ADB said improving the quality of Dili’s water supply is considered as urgent, as the city’s population is growing rapidly and the current system has had little rehabilitation since being nearly completely destroyed in 1999. (macauhub)