Mozambique: Chinese company CHICO to build water supply system in Manica

10 October 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 10 Oct – Chinese construction company China Hennan International Cooperation Group (CHICO) has been awarded a contract for construction of an integrated water supply system to the areas of Chimoio, Gondola, Manica, Messic and Bandula, in the Mozambican central province of Manica, known as Chicamba.

The Chicamba system is a project with a budget of US$44.7 million and is funded by the Mozambican government and the Netherlands.

Joaquim Cossa, spokesman for the Mozambican Ministry for Public Works and Housing told Macauhub that the Chicamba system would include construction of a new water treatment station, as well as reconstruction and expansion of the water collection unit at the Chicamba dam.

The project also includes construction of six water storage tanks, the biggest of which will be built in Chimoio (the provincial capital), with a capacity of 10,000 cubic metres.

Other tanks will be built in Chicamba, Manica, Gondola, Messica and Bandula.

For Chimoio, which currently ahs a water supply rate of 10 percent of the population, it is expected that the new project will raise that amount to 60 percent in 2010 and 75 percent in 2015.

The project is also expected to increase the number of hours per day in which water is distributed to 24 from a current 16. (macauhub)